December healthcare breaches Hacking / IT Incidents Causing December Healthcare Breaches

The majority of December healthcare breaches were due to hacking/IT incidents, with 47.3% of the total breaches reported in December caused by this type of incident. Hacking/IT incidents affected 148,074 patients. The following chart depicts the type of hacking/IT incidents that caused December healthcare breaches, including how many patients were affected by each:

December healthcare breaches - Hacking / IT incidents

December healthcare breaches - Hacking / IT incidents

  • Network Server Hacks Affected 45,136 Patients
    • The Center for Facial Restoration, Inc.: affected 3,600 patients
    • PediHEalth, PLLC, dba Children’s Choice Pediatrics: affected 12,689 patients
    • Roosevelt General Hospital: affected 28,847 patients
  • Emails Hacks Affected 86,150 Patients
    • Vimly Benefit Solutions, Inc.: affected 2,675 patients
    • Sinai Health System: affected 12,578 patients
    • Aetna affiliated covered entity (ACE): affected 5,991 patients
    • Jewish Social Service Agency: affected 3,145 patients
    • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: affected 17,549 patients
    • Starmount Life Insurance Company: affected 630 patients
    • Beech Brook: affected 2,636 patients
    • Equinox, Inc.: affected 1,021 patients
    • Sunrise Community Health: affected 7,668 patients
    • Children’s Hope Alliance: affected 4,564 patients
    • Healthcare Administrative Partners: affected 17,693 patients
    • RiverKids Pediatric Home Health: affected 10,000 patients
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Hacks Affected 4,558 Patients
    • btyDENTAL: affected 2,008 patients
    • Conway Medical Center: affected 2,550 patients
  • Other Hacks Affected 12,230 Patients
    • Colorado Department of Human Services: affected 12,230 patients

Unauthorized Access / Disclosures Causing December Healthcare Breaches

The unauthorized access or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) represented 14.4% of the total healthcare breaches in December, affecting 45,124 patients.

December healthcare breaches - Unauthorized access / disclosures

December healthcare breaches - Unauthorized access / disclosures

  • Network Server Unauthorized Access Affected 13,137 Patients
    • Aflac: affected 1,601 patients
    • Service Benefit Plan Administrative Services Corporation: affected 11,536 patients
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Unauthorized Access Affected 13,137 Patients
    • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago: affected 4,195 patients
    • Texas Family Psychology Associates, P.C.: affected 12,000 patients
    • North Ottawa Community Health System: affected 4,013 patients
    • Anwan Wellness LLC: affected 530 patients
  • Paper/Films Unauthorized Access Affected 3,087 Patients
    • Texas Children’s Hospital: affected 597 patients
    • Family Care Medical Specialists Group, Inc.: affected 2,490 patients
  • Other Unauthorized Access Affected 8,162 Patients
    • Prestige Health Choice: affected 4,662 patients
    • Sunshine Behavioral Health Group, LLC: affected 3,500 patients

Loss / Theft / Improper Disposal Causing December Healthcare Breaches

December healthcare breaches caused by loss of PHI represented 1.1%, affecting 3,311 patients. Theft of PHI accounted for 36.9% of breaches, affecting 115,566 patients. The improper disposal of PHI represented 0.4% of breaches, affecting 1,174 patients.

December healthcare breaches - Loss / Theft / Improper Disposal

December healthcare breaches - Loss / Theft / Improper Disposal

  • Loss of PHI Affected 3,311 Patients
    • INTEGRIS Health, Inc.: affected 500 patients
    • Marion Eye Center, LTD.: affected 811 patients
    • Speight Family Medical, LLC: affected 2,000 patients
  • Theft of PHI Affected 115,566 Patients
    • Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches LLC: affected 1,100 patients
    • Truman Medical Center, Incorporated: affected 114,466 patients
  • Improper Disposal of PHI Affected 115,566 Patients
    • San Francisco Department of Public Health – Zuckerberg SF General Hospital: affected 1,174 patients