SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance

May 19, 2010 12:03 ET

Smart Card Alliance to Host Webinar on Medical Identity Theft

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - The Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council announced today a June webinar reviewing the growing threat of medical identity theft and the policies and technology solutions that can address it. The free webinar, "Medical Identity Theft," will be held Tuesday, June 8th from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time. Registration can be found at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/202974049

"While we often see identity theft issues in the news, the topic of medical identity theft has not garnered as much attention. However, many consider it one of the fastest growing crimes in America," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "For this webinar, the Alliance is bringing together experts in the field to discuss the serious problem of medical identity theft, and why securing our medical identities is critical as healthcare becomes increasingly digital and information is exchanged over networks."

Medical identity theft is a costly problem for U.S. citizens. A recent Ponemon Institute study found that nearly 1.5 million Americans have been victims of medical identity theft with an estimated total cost of $28.6 billion -- or approximately $20,000 per victim. To build more awareness of this issue, the webinar will bring together speakers Paul Contino, vice president of information technology, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Deven McGraw, director of health privacy project, Center for Democracy and Technology; Larry Ponemon, Ph.D., chairman and founder, Ponemon Institute; and Randy Vanderhoof, executive director, Smart Card Alliance. Panel discussion topics include:

  • The scope of medical identity theft in the United States
  • The impact that electronic health records and health information exchanges have on privacy and personal healthcare information
  • Consumer attitudes toward medical identity theft and healthcare information privacy
  • Opportunities in the current electronic health record adoption process to address medical identity theft with policies and technical standards
  • Impact of medical identity theft on healthcare providers
  • Approaches taken to protect patient health records

More information about the webinar and additional healthcare resources can be found on the Smart Card Alliance Web site. This includes the recently released brief, "Medical Identity Theft in Healthcare," outlining the use of two-factor authentication with smart card technology as the ideal way to protect patient identities and information. 

About the Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council
The Smart Card Alliance Healthcare Council brings together payers, providers, and technologists to promote the adoption of smart cards in U.S. healthcare organizations and within the national health IT infrastructure. The Healthcare Council provides a forum where all stakeholders can collaborate to educate the market on the how smart cards can be used and to work on issues inhibiting the industry.

About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. 

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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