What Are the Reasons Behind Health Data Breach Surge?

Healthcare Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

About 70 major health data breaches have been added to the federal tally in the last four weeks as ransomware attacks have persisted and breaches at vendors have affected clients.

As of Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website showed 159 breaches affecting a combined total of 12.5 million individuals have been added to the tally so far this year. That's up substantially from the 89 breaches affecting 7.3 million individuals that had been added as of March 15, when Information Security Media Group provided its most recent previous tally snapshot.

The HHS Office for Civil Rights website, commonly called the "wall of shame," displays health data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals that the agency has confirmed.

Since 2009, 3,881 breaches affecting a total of more than...

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