October 2020 Healthcare Data Breach Report

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

October saw well above average numbers of data breaches reported the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights. There were 63 reported breaches of 500 or more records, which is a 33.68% reduction from September but still 41.82% more breaches than the monthly average over the last 12 months. The elevated numbers of breaches can be partly explained by continued reports from healthcare organizations that were impacted by the ransomware attack on the cloud software firm Blackbaud.

The protected health information of more than 2.5 million individuals were exposed or compromised in those 63 breaches, which is 74.08% fewer records than September, but still...

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