Third Parties Prove Persistent Healthcare Data Risk

Security Boulevard

George V. Hulme

According to the Protenus Breach Barometer report, there’s been a steady increase in healthcare related data breaches over recent years. Last year, there were 572 healthcare data breaches within U.S.-based healthcare industry. That’s up from 450 in 2016. When it comes to patient records leaked, they rose as well, reaching 41 million in 2019 from 15 million in 2018. According to the report, at least since 2016, there has been one healthcare data breach reported a day.


The Protenus Breach Barometer report lists the twelve largest healthcare data breach incidents in 2019. While eight of the twelve breaches involved healthcare providers, and totaled just over 5 million records, a health plan provider at nearly 3 million records, and three business associate breaches that surpassed 22 million records. In fact, just one business associate breach reached nearly 21 million records.

Interestingly, one breach was due to theft, nine breaches due to “hacking,” two breaches to insider error, and one breach due to theft.

Interestingly, and a bit of good news, is that insider healthcare data breach incidents have ...

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