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Data breaches can lead to major medical identity theft issues
Modern Healthcare

A healthcare data breach, such as the recent massive one at health insurer Anthem, means more than lost data for a patient: it can mean lost money and, in the most extreme circumstances, a completely altered medical history.

The financial ramifications can come when credit card and identity information is stolen. For example, the Community Health Systems breach in summer 2014 has caused several lawsuits alleging specific harms to patients. William Lutz, a CHS patient in Lafayette Hill, Penn., contends the data loss resulted in hackers making more than $40,000 in illegal charges and setting up new financial accounts in his name.