Healthcare Data Breaches

The number of individuals affected by healthcare data breaches continues to rise, especially after recent “mega breaches” such as Anthem and Premara Blue Cross. In addition, hacking and other criminal attacks are being seen more and more within the healthcare industry. To illustrate this, we developed an infographic highlighting data from both top industry reports by Ponenon and HIMSS as well as our own analysis of OCR Wall of Shame breach data.

You can view or download the full infographic below, but here are a few points we wanted to highlight:

  • There have been over 92 million individuals affected by healthcare breaches so far in 2015 (as of May 15th).
  • 91% of healthcare organizations have experienced at least one data breach in the past two years, while 40% have had five or more incidents in the same time period.
  • Nearly one-third of all breaches so far in 2015 have been caused by hacking/IT incidents.
  • Business associates were present in nearly a quarter of breaches on the OCR Wall of Shame.

About the Author

CynergisTek, Inc.

CynergisTek is a top-ranked cybersecurity consulting firm dedicated to serving the information assurance needs of healthcare. CynergisTek offers specialized services and solutions to help organizations achieve privacy, security, and compliance goals. The company has been recognized by KLAS in the 2016 and 2018 Cybersecurity reports as a top performing firm in healthcare cybersecurity, as well as the 2017 Best in KLAS winner for Cybersecurity Advisory Services.

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