Healthcare Hacks Fell for Third Straight Month, US Health Department Reports

Are healthcare sector investments in cybersecurity paying off? It’s looking that way.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), said that February 2022 saw a new low in hospital and health system data breaches.

It’s encouraging news, given that 2021 is generally considered the worst year on record for healthcare data breaches. Health organizations were ordered to report all 2021 data breaches by March 1 under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification Rule.

“For the third successive month, the number of data breaches reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has fallen,” HIPAA Journal reported. “Forty-six healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records were...

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