Issues of fraud and scams are a part of every industry. Each sector suffers from these risks as the attackers are always on the verge of stealing and modifying the information for their harmful intentions. Most businesses and sectors are fighting against these unwanted criminals, the health sector is no different. It is also a target of the criminals, especially after the era of the pandemic. Know your patient compliance is followed to verify patient identity and counter the risks and threats which are imposed by the attackers after the issuance of allowances by the health care organizations specifically after the covid 19 pandemic. The use of digital means has caused more losses as the attackers target the online systems of healthcare. According to Statista, the highest number of attacks on healthcare systems were conducted through online means resulting in multiple losses to the patients and even the healthcare professionals.
Risks to the Medical Industry
The attackers attempt every possible way of destabilizing the healthcare system. And with new tools and tricks, they bypass the traditional security checks of the online medicine platforms. The number of risks is increasing each day, and the theft of identity is the main concern of crime prevention authorities. As the attackers not only launder money from within the system but also blackmail the patients by stealing their personal information for their own gains and illicit activities. They tend to use the fake identities or forged identities of the patients to gain access and bypass the authorization check of the medical system.
The patient’s identity is stolen by providing them fake benefits and medicines which they fall for and providing their information to the attackers. Once getting into the system the bad actors can harm all other users as well by stealing the certified doctor’s prescription and selling it or consuming the rights of the patient which are provided by the health authorities such as medical insurance. The sensitive information of the patients is used by the attackers for other dark purposes of corruption and trafficking.
KYP Checks and Regulations
The main purpose of the KYP regulation check is the verification of the patients or users who use the online healthcare systems. Verifying the users helps in the complete identification of attackers and other unauthorized people from the system. Identifying patients helps in providing resources to the right person. The new medical healthcare systems and online pharmacies are adopting the KYP law to completely eradicate the risks of thefts and issues from the online system. The healthcare authorities are following the HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) act to verify their potential customers online.
The KYP process starts from the initial phases of the patient age verification and proceeds further to evaluate the patient biometrically; the whole process is a part of the identity verification service and the Anti-money laundering act.
Patient Document Verification
The document verification phase of the KYP cycle helps in verifying the identity of the person. It is also efficient for processing the real age of the patient. The document verification check is implemented at the patient admit phase where all the identity information is evaluated and verified. Online document verification is also reliable after the introduction of efficient image reading tools and OCR systems that extract the data from the images of the documents. The extracted data is then verified online with the help of AI systems for the verification of the patient in any online healthcare system. The OCR system is also made more strict by applying machine learning algorithms to check for any signs of forgery and manipulation of the documents which are uploaded by the user. This method of KYP document verification identifies patients and eliminates the attackers from the system.
Patient Biometric Verification
The use of biometrics is the best solution for healthcare systems to create a hurdle for attacks by online tools. The attackers cannot bypass the biometric security systems. The biometric evaluation of the patient uses the patient’s biometric traits of face and fingerprints to identify the patient right after their registration. With online pharmacies, the face verification method is used to verify the patient using their selfie or live video appearance.
Wrapping It Up
The patient verification method is important for every online pharmacy and healthcare system to provide the right people with services. The attackers are always looking to take advantage of every online system for their illegal activities, with KYP implementation the fraudsters are filtered from the system.
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