Hacking Accounted For Nearly 80% of Healthcare Data Breaches Last Year

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In past years, unauthorized disclosures, loss, theft, and improper disposal accounted for more healthcare data breaches than malicious hacking.

January 23, 2023 – Nearly 80 percent of healthcare data breaches reported to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2022 were attributed to hacking and IT incidents, Fortified Health Security noted in its “2023 Horizon Report,” signifying a 45 percent increase from just five years ago.

What’s more, 70 percent of reported breaches (impacting more than 500 individuals each) affected healthcare providers, with business associates and health plans making up a much smaller portion of the total number of impacted entities. In total, 51.4 million healthcare records were breached in 2022, compared to 49.4 million in 2021.

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