Breakdown: Healthcare data breaches in August 2017

By ASN Staff

“According to the latest issue of the Breach Barometer report from Protenus/Databreaches.net, in August 2017 there were 33 reported healthcare breaches, down from 36 incidents in July and 56 in June. While the reduction in data breaches is encouraging, that is still more than one healthcare data breach per day”.

“August may have been the second best month of the year to date in terms of the number of reported incidents, but it was the third worst in terms of the number of individuals impacted. 575,142 individuals were impacted by healthcare data breaches in July, with the figure rising to 673,934 individuals in August. That figure will rise further still, since two incidents were not included in that total as it is not yet known how many individuals have been affected”.

“Organizations are reporting breaches to HHS and notifying patients within 60 days of the discovery of a breach on the whole, with only three organizations exceeding the deadline. One of those entities took 177 days from the discovery of the breach to report the incident to HHS. The average time was 53 days and the median time was 58 days.

“Texas was the worst affected state in August with five breaches, followed by California with four, and Ohio and New York with three apiece”.

Reducing the number of breaches is paramount for protecting patients and physicians, yet remains an extremely challenging task.

Please read the full article on HIPAA Journal.

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“According to the latest issue of the Breach Barometer report from Protenus/Databreaches.net, in August 2017 there were 33 reported healthcare breaches, down from 36 incidents in July and 56 in June. While the reduction in data breaches is encouraging, that is still more than one healthcare data breach per day”.

“August may have been the second best month of the year to date in terms of the number of reported incidents, but it was the third worst in terms of the number of individuals impacted. 575,142 individuals were impacted by healthcare data breaches in July, with the figure rising to 673,934 individuals in August. That figure will rise further still, since two incidents were not included in that total as it is not yet known how many individuals have been affected”.

“Organizations are reporting breaches to HHS and notifying patients within 60 days of the discovery of a breach on the whole, with only three organizations exceeding the deadline. One of those entities took 177 days from the discovery of the breach to report the incident to HHS. The average time was 53 days and the median time was 58 days.

“Texas was the worst affected state in August with five breaches, followed by California with four, and Ohio and New York with three apiece”.

Reducing the number of breaches is paramount for protecting patients and physicians, yet remains an extremely challenging task.

Please read the full article on HIPAA Journal.

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Monday, September 25, 2017