Remember the good old days, when ♡bamaCare!!! was going to pay for itself by eliminating waste and fraud and evil doctors amputating buttocks for sport? Well, so much for the bit about the fraud:
Criminals are stealing patient records in order to commit medical identity theft. And the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made the situation worse, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute.
Ponemon estimates that these breaches cost the industry about $5.6 billion a year.
The survey found the overall number of reported data breaches at health-care organizations declined slightly last year, but criminal attacks on health-care providers increased dramatically—up 100 percent since 2010.
This is Ponemon’s fourth annual Patient Privacy and Data Security study, and it finds that most data breaches are caused by sloppy practices, such as lost laptops loaded with unencrypted patient data.
And you thought Professor Wiggleroom would only allow the government to steal your data.
That Means It’s Working™.