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10 common reasons for HIPAA violations

Beckser's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

In the past 12 months, there were 393 protected health information breach incidents reported to HHS.

The incidences included malicious email hacking, unauthorized access to EHRs and medical records as well as inadequate third-party business agreements. Here is a list of common reasons for HIPAA violations.

1. Employee email phishing attacks. There were 142 hacking incidences reported since last June related to email attacks. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated with phishing emails, and efforts intensified during the pandemic. Despite hours of training and reminders, healthcare employees continue to fall victim to phishing emails, potentially exposing thousands of patient records.

Recent phishing attacks include:...

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