By Elena Stewart
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Several major data breaches have made the news. And millions of medical records have been breached.
It’s bad enough knowing your credit card information could be out there, but access to medical records is an invasion of privacy. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening — and it’s not always illegal. In fact, some health providers are giving tech giants access to patients’ medical data.
The implications of patient data being stolen, shared, and sold are far-reaching, from stolen identities to skyrocketing insurance premiums.
Medical Data Breaches On the Rise
Who Has Access to Your Personal Health Information?
Protecting Your Personal Health Information
What Your Doctor Can Do to Protect Personal Health Information
As more healthcare providers adopt cybersecurity frameworks, medical records will hopefully become less vulnerable to theft. In the meantime, consumers must stay vigilant in monitoring their medical records for signs of identity theft and demanding transparency from healthcare providers who share their data with third parties.
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