Health data breaches swell in 2021 amid hacking surge, POLITICO analysis finds

Politico

Ben Leonard

Health care organizations including providers and insurers in every state except South Dakota reported such incidents last year.

Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. had their sensitive health data breached in 2021, a threefold increase in three years, according to a POLITICO analysis of the latest HHS data.

Health care organizations including providers and insurers in every state except South Dakota reported such incidents last year. About half of states and Washington, D.C., saw more than 1 in 10 of their residents directly impacted by unauthorized access to their health information, according to the analysis. And hacking accounted for nearly 75 percent of all such breaches — up from 35 percent in 2016.

Experts say the increased...

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