Health Data Breach Tally's 2021 Surge Continues

Healthcare Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Another big wave of large breaches stemming from hacking incidents, including ransomware attacks, has flooded the federal tally of major health data breaches in recent weeks.

Nearly 100 new breaches have been posted to the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website, which lists health data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals.

As of Thursday, the HHS Office for Civil Rights website showed 251 major breaches had been added to the tally so far this year, affecting a total of nearly 17.3 million individuals.

That’s a big jump since April 19, when the tally listed 159 breaches affecting a combined total of 12.5 million individuals (see: What Are Reasons Behind Health Data Breach Surge?).

"The HHS data shows that - so far in 2021- over...

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