Data breaches pose increasing risk to healthcare organizations

A recent analysis of HHS’ Office for Civil Rights' data breach database published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found healthcare organizations faced more than 2,149 data breaches between 2010 and 2017, which impacted 176.4 million patient records.

  • While 70 percent of the data breaches were aimed at providers, these resulted in only 21 percent of the total number of compromised patient records
  • Breaches of healthcare insurers accounted for the largest share of compromised patient records, with 110.4 million records affected
  • By 2017, breaches of network server data compromised more than 139 million patient records, versus the 35.2 million records compromised by breaches of desktop computers, laptops, electronic health records, email, paper and film combined

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