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Health Data Breach Trends: A Mid-Year Assessment

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

What major health data breach trends emerged in the first half of 2020?

Although many of the largest breaches involved hackers and targeted business associates, the theft of unencrypted laptops and the improper disposal of paper records also led to big breaches.

A Thursday snapshot of the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website shows that so far in 2020, 250 breaches affecting about 5.4 million individuals have been added.

Also commonly called the "wall of shame," the HHS Office for Civil Rights website lists health data breaches impacting 500 or more individuals. The website shows a total of

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