Health care identity theft is one of the greatest identity theft concerns, because the results of medical identity theft can be deadly. So, to find out that an organization like Georgia Blue Cross and Blue Shield, that has over 200,000 members has suffered a data breach due to poor system testing is disconcerting, to say the least. It opens the floor for the question: who is going to protect the patient?
That's a tough question to answer, too. Medical data breaches are occurring more and more often, which means more and more people are put at risk. So, is the medical facility responsible for protecting your data? Yes, right down to the personnel manager that hires and fires employees, but don't let that lull you into thinking that you don't have some responsibility, too.
You have to be prepared to respond to data breaches when they happen, even if it's your medical records that have been compromised. It's not all you, the agency that puts you at risk should definitely have the lion's share of responsibility, but don't sit back and leave it all up to them. If you do, you could find that the price is far more than you're prepared to pay.