Almost half of medical identity theft occurs when
a family member takes a relative's health insurance
card or other ID, or when people knowingly share their
information with someone they know.
Allowing a friend or relative to use your medical
insurance is fraud and is illegal.
And this form of identity theft is something local
hospitals are aware of as well.
According to officials at Gundersen Health Systems.
your health records could have all the information
anyone would need.
We also train our employees to be very vigilant about
identifying who the patient is, what kind of information
you're utilizing when you're identifying that patient,
who can hear that kind of information when you're
identifying the patient, how to dispose of any kind
of information that has patient identifiable information
Officials say while they do what they can to keep
you should always keep an eye on your health records.
Red flags to look out for include making sure doctors
have not prescribed medications or procedures you
Mayo Health System says patient safety and confidentiality
is of the utmost importance for them as well.
We know there are people that try to hack, daily,
our systems, any other systems.
We, again, we have a safety system in place, a number
of people who work on this to try and make sure that
that does not happen.
Both hospitals say they are willing to work with patients
if they suspect identity theft.