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Healthcare Data Breaches in 2019

27M+ Patient Records Exposed in Data Breaches in 2019

By John Davidson- March 4, 2020

According to Bitglass, a cloud security company, the total number of breaches of protected health information (PHI) doubled from 2018- 2019. This trend matched the increase (doubling) of breaches from 2017-2019.

These breaches affected over 27 million individuals, based on:
1) Hacking or IT Incidents
2) Unauthorized Access
3) Loss or Theft
4) Other Miscellaneous Loss of Data.

This is Bitglass’ six annual Healthcare Breach Report, and uses data posted to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ “Wall of Shame,” which tracks the loss or breach of health records.

In 2019, ‘hacking and IT incidents’ accounted for 60% of all data loss, according to Anurag Kahol, CTO of Bitglass. Healthcare practices and databases are rich targets for cyber-criminals, given the amount of sensitive information that they include.

The article also notes that the cost per breached record was $429 in 2019 and that data breaches cost healthcare organizations $11.8 Billion

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