Investigation of medical identity theft in healthcare sector: Its statistics, effects and way out

Rashidah F. Olanrewaju, Muktar Yahuza, Nor'ashikin Bte Ali, Othman Khalifa

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Abstract

Information Technology is reaching all angles of the healthcare sector in the form of electronic diagnosis, surgery consultation and medical records. With the current trends in information and communication technology in healthcare system, such as the cloud computing and ubiquitous computing, where small computers are being embedded in almost every day object around us using both mobile devices as well as wireless connections for recording, storage and delivery of medical data, the possibly of attack on these records becomes more likely. As a result, intruders has the potential to alter, steal or destroy individual medical or health insurance records, alter computer-based prescriptions at pharmacies to life-threatening doses, or make private medical condition public. Consequently, leading to negative social and psychological effects on the affected individuals. The medical identity theft may lead to wrong diagnosis and wrong decision taken on the patient, some of which may be a life threatening cases. In addition, it cost some hospitals billions of law suits. Therefore, medical identity theft (MIDT) in healthcare needs to be investigated. In this paper, MIDT statistics is e plored, it's effects and the possible ways of solving the MIDT problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - Cryptology 2014
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014
EditorsAinuddin Wahid Abdul Wahab, Hailiza Kamarul Haili, Ji-Jian Chin, Moesfa Soeheila Mohamad, Shekh Faisal Abdul Latip, Miin Huey Ang, Muhammad Reza Za'ba, Muhammad Rezal Kamel Ariffin, Faridah Yunos, Swee-Huay Heng, Bok Min Goi, Rabiah Ahmad, Yanbin Pan, Mohamad Rushdan Md. Said
PublisherInstitute for Mathematical Research (INSPEM)
Pages216-228
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789834406943
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014
Event4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014, Cryptology 2014 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: 24 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - Cryptology 2014: Proceedings of the 4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014

Other

Other4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014, Cryptology 2014
CountryMalaysia
CityPutrajaya
Period24/06/1426/06/14

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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Olanrewaju, R. F., Yahuza, M., Ali, N. B., & Khalifa, O. (2014). Investigation of medical identity theft in healthcare sector: Its statistics, effects and way out. In A. W. A. Wahab, H. K. Haili, J-J. Chin, M. S. Mohamad, S. F. A. Latip, M. H. Ang, M. R. Za'ba, M. R. K. Ariffin, F. Yunos, S-H. Heng, B. M. Goi, R. Ahmad, Y. Pan, ... M. R. M. Said (Eds.), Conference Proceedings - Cryptology 2014: Proceedings of the 4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014 (pp. 216-228). (Conference Proceedings - Cryptology 2014: Proceedings of the 4th International Cryptology and Information Security Conference 2014). Institute for Mathematical Research (INSPEM).