Third-Party Risk Contributes to Healthcare Data Breaches

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Since 2009, the number of individuals affected by health data breaches in the U.S. has exceeded the country’s population of 331.9 million. As per federal statistics, this means many people have been victims of more than one incident.

Unfortunately, the situation seems to be growing worse. In just the last three years, the volume and frequency of breaches have nearly doubled, from 368 in 2018 to 715 in 2021. And during the first half of 2022, the number of data breaches impacting 500 or more records reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) numbered 337.

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