Health Data Breach Tally Surges


Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

The tally of major health data breaches has spiked in recent weeks. The number of individuals affected by the ransomware attack on Magellan Health, a managed care firm, continues to grow. Meanwhile, other large hacking incidents have been added to the federal breach reporting website.

As of Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website shows 302 major health breaches impacting nearly 8.7 million individuals have been added to the tally so far in 2020. That's significant growth since July 9, when the tally listed 250 breaches affecting about 5.4 million individuals added this year.

The HHS website, also commonly called

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