Medical Identity Theft is when a criminal takes your identity information and uses it to get medical goods or services in your name. You get the bill, and worse, your health files are altered to include the criminal's information.
The World Privacy Forum coined the term "medical identity theft" ten years ago, wrote the first report about it, and has been working on the issue since then. So far, we have gotten medical data breach laws in place to alert people about the crime, we have popularized a method of cleaning errors in health files impacted by the crime, and recently, we have published new research and information about where the crime hits hardest in the US.
We will use this funding to work with the victims who are hardest hit by this crime by providing telephone, email, and other support for them. This funding will also go to work collaboratively with stakeholders to put more solutions in place to help victims of the crime and help them cure harms from medical ID theft.
You can read much more about medical identity theft and our work here: https://www.worldprivacyforum.org/category/med-id-theft/