Healthcare groups report lowest monthly breaches since 2016

June 10, 2020

Healthcare providers, insurers and their business associates in May reported 16 data breaches to the federal government—the lowest number of data breaches reported in a single month since January of 2016.

That's despite a spate of coronavirus-related cyberattacks that healthcare organizations have reportedly experienced during the pandemic.

The 16 data breaches affected more than 191,000 patients in May, according to data from HHS' Office for Civil Rights. That's down 68.6% from 51 data breaches reported in May of last year, which affected more than 2 million people.

Caleb Barlow contributes to this article, which examines the possible reasons behind the lowest number of data breaches reported to HHS' Office for Civil Rights in a single month since 2016.

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