They’ve done it again. This time from Community Health Systems, Inc. What was stolen? Personal data including Social Security numbers and other personal data like weight and height. The health records are supposed to be safe. This appears to be the work of the same group which has stolen info from several major industries. The FBI is said to be investigating.
So how could this affect you? Well, the loss of the Social Security number isn’t good. However, from the Healthcare industry’s point of view, the major impact might well be stolen medical identity.
How would that work? According to one CIO, say an uninsured person needs a procedure – say, open heart surgery. He/she would buy the data of a person he/she resembles physically (6’2”. brown eyes, gray hair) and that person’s policy number, etc. Then he would sign into the hospital using that person’s data and get the procedure done.
The real ‘John/Jane Doe’ would end up with the bills. Of course, the ‘real’ person would find it easy to prove he/she didn’t have the procedure (for many procedures, though not all). Also, Community Health Systems, Inc. is insured against such losses…so, your health insurance will increase in cost.
So, this is just another of those great news items which sweeten our lives daily.