March 2020 Healthcare Data Breach Report

HIPAA Journal

March 2020 saw a 7.69% month-over-month decrease in the number of reported healthcare data breaches and a 45.88% reduction in the number of breached records. In March, 36 healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records were reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which is more than 16% fewer than the average number of monthly breaches over the past 12 months. 828,921 healthcare records were breached in March, which is 194% higher than the monthly average number of breached records. The largest healthcare data breach of the month was reported by the genetic testing company, Ambry Genetics Corporation. An unauthorized individual gained access to an employee’s email account that contained the data of 232,772 patients.

A major phishing attack was reported by the medical device manufacturer Tandem Diabetes Care. Several employees’ email accounts were compromised and the protected health information of 140,781 patients was exposed.

The third largest data breach of the month was...

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