Identity theft at Holy Cross Hospital and securing payments

At Holy Cross Hospital, technicians discovered that Emergency room employee Natashi Orr, 36, had printed basic computerized forms in patient files containing name, address, birth date, diagnosis and other details, officials said. Raushanah Bowleg, 33, Opa-locka, did the same on his job at an Aventura physician office.

At another hospital, the intake process requires all data be entered in the computer directly, and an electronic signature is captured. Yet to accept payment, the cashier walks to another area, out of view from the consumer, and next to a copier.  During this time the card could have been skimmed for the magnetic data or a copy made of the card, both posing considerable risk of identity theft.

While the latter situation has not resulted in a data compromise to my knowledge, the situation is equally dangerous.

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