Our most recent Twitter chat was a very exciting event for us here at the Identity Theft Resource Center.  This was our latest effort of many in which we have been concentrating on spreading awareness about Medical Identity Theft.

We recently released a video on Youtube about the topic and are excited that the media has become very interested in reporting on this topic. That being said, we were very excited to host our monthly Identity Theft Twitter Chat on the topic of Medical Identity Theft.

This month’s Identity Theft Twitter Chat was on the 1st of August at 11:00am PST and was a pleasure to host. We were incredibly lucky to have Rick Kam and Robin Slade on board from the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA).  MIFA is the first cooperative public/private sector effort created specifically to unite all stakeholders in jointly developing solutions and best practices for the prevention, detection and remediation of medical identity fraud. You can follow them at @MedIDFraudAssoc. Meredith Phillips from Henry Ford Health Systems also joined us to lend her expertise on the topic and we were very glad to have her!  Since she is tackling the problem on the front lines her insight was truly valuable!

The chat was aimed at both consumers and businesses who wanted to know more about the issue of medical identity theft.  We had some great questions from consumers about what medical identity theft actually is and how they could protect themselves.  MIFA stepped up in a big way by providing multiple resources to everyone who had questions. With nearly thirty accounts attending the chat, we were able to reach over 48,000 accounts and made almost 865,000 impressions. We think that is a pretty good start to making people aware of the issue of Medical Identity Theft!

The next Identity Theft Twitter Chat will take place on September 5th, 2013 at 11:00am PST. The topic will be online shopping and safety.  Anyone can join the chat and provide resources to consumers and businesses by following @ITRCSD on Twitter and using the hashtag #IDTheftChat. We hope you will pop in and spend some time learning and spreading the word about identity theft!

“Medical Identity Theft Twitter Chat Recap” was written by Nikki Junker.  Nikki is the Social Media Manager at the Identity Theft Resource Center. We welcome you to post/reprint the above article, as written, giving credit to and linking back to www.idtheftcenter.org.