December 2020 Healthcare Data Breach Report

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

2020 ended with healthcare data breaches being reported at a rate of 2 per day, which is twice the rate of breaches in January 2020. Healthcare data breaches increased 31.9% month over month and were also 31.9% more than the 2020 monthly average.

There may still be a handful more breaches to be added to the OCR breach portal for 2020 but, as it stands, 565 healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records have been reported to OCR in 2020. That is more than any other year since the HITECH Act required OCR to start publishing data breach summaries on its website.

December was the second worst month of 2020 in terms of...

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