July Worst Month in 2018 for Healthcare Data Breaches Reported to OCR

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Data breaches continue to plague the healthcare industry, and July 2018 was the worst month so far this year in the number of data breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Thirty-three data breaches were reported by covered entities and business associates in July, with the largest one reported—by UnityPoint Health—a business associate— a hacking incident that exposed 1,421,107 individuals’ records.

There have been 221 data breaches (of incidents that included over 500 records) reported to the OCR in 2018 that included the exposure of 6,112,867 individuals’ records. This number is 974,688 more records than in all of 2017.

These statistics do not bode well for the healthcare industry and emphasize that the healthcare industry continues to be a target that is proving successful for criminals.

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