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The Nationwide Health Information Network: A Biometric Approach to Prevent Medical Identity Theft

The Nationwide Health Information Network: A Biometric Approach to Prevent Medical Identity Theft
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Author(s): Omotunde Adeyemo (TEKsystems, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 15
Source title: Ethical Issues and Security Monitoring Trends in Global Healthcare: Technological Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Steven A. Brown (Capella University, USA) and Mary Brown (Capella University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-174-4.ch009

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Abstract

The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) promises many benefits, but may be prone to a new phenomenon in healthcare fraud now rapidly drawing attention and commonly referred to as medical identity theft. As the medical industry continues down the path towards overall infrastructure digitization, it is anticipated that associated electronic records will become more portable hence facilitating efficient exchange. Problem however is, the enhanced transferability may also open a new vista of advantages to fraudsters. To address this risk, the NHIN implementers must implement stringent access control measures. One such solution is using a biometric cryptosystem-based solution. For defense-in-depth, a security strategy suggesting successive layers of controls, the PKI cryptographic scheme is recommended to intrinsically protect medical records when in use, storage or even in the event they are successfully stolen.

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