Picture this: A movie trailer features a healthcare organization with a newly-minted portal through which patients access their private health information, make appointments and ask questions of their physician. The plot thickens as an unwelcomed guest looks for an identity to steal. With a few key strokes of a predictable password, the thief strikes gold, data is breached and the nightmare begins.
From the patient standpoint, the Ponemon Institute® reports nearly 1.5 million Americans were affected by medical identity theft last year. And, those numbers are expected to rise as more hospitals add patient portals to comply with Meaningful Use Stage 2, which requires that more than 5% of all unique patients seen by the provider must be able to view, download, or transmit to a third party their health information. All this to say, organizations have the ability to proactively implement strategies to combat this concerning reality.
To mitigate the risk of identity theft via a patient portal, healthcare organizations should consider a strategy to effectively control portal access beyond the basic user name and password. This type of heightened security via tools that combine state-of-the-art identity proofing, risk-based authentication and knowledge-based questions can help securely verify each patient’s identity. Such tools empower healthcare organizations to identify fraud more efficiently than traditional rules-based identity checks. Additionally, they provide the patient with a better online portal experience and greater peace of mind knowing that extra security measures are safeguarding their personal information.
Don’t let a potential movie storyline dictate your reality. With industry experts predicting a 221 percent growth in the U.S. patient portal market by 2017, it’s time for healthcare organizations to partner with a trusted expert in fraud prevention to help them implement technologies that securely verify each patient’s identity.
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