HHS reports slight increase in data breaches for healthcare in 2021


John R. Fischer

Healthcare providers, insurers and their business associates combined saw just one more data breach this year compared to 2020, says a new report from the Human Service Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

The federal government was tipped off about 664 data breaches, which was the largest number of healthcare data breaches in a year since 2010. The total for this year surpassed last year by one single incident.

Data for nearly 43 million patients was compromised in 2021, but this is still less than half the number affected in 2015, when bad actors hacked the data of 112.5 million people, according to Modern Healthcare.

A report, however, published in July by Fortified Health said that the number of patients affected by...

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