HHS: More than 2M patients affected by breaches reported in October

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a snapshot this past week detailing breaches reported to the Office of Civil Rights in October.

In total, more than 2 million individuals had their records exposed by the 58 reported breaches, though it is possible that the same patients were affected by multiple incidents.

It's worth noting that the Secretary must, by law, post breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals – meaning breaches affecting fewer than that were not listed.

WHY IT MATTERS

According to HHS, slightly more than...

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