Healthcare Phishing Incidents Lead to Big Breaches

Healthcare Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

As healthcare organizations continue to fall victim to phishing incidents, the number of individuals affected by health data breaches involving compromised email accounts continues to rise.

Among the apparent phishing-related incidents most recently reported to federal regulators were breaches experienced by Bethesda, Maryland-based Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics; the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois; and Addison, Texas-based BW Homecare Holdings, which does business under the name Elara Caring. Those three breaches each affected over 100,000 individuals.

As of Monday, 125 major health data breaches affecting about 9.4 million individuals have been added so far this year to the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website. In 46 of those incidents...

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