• September 23, 2021

Healthcare industry in January reported 958,000 records breached

Feb 13, 2021

The breach at Hendrick Health did not affect the health system’s electronic health record system.

The second largest breach reported in January, in which an unauthorized user gained access to three email accounts of employees’ at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C., affected nearly 190,000 patients.

As of Feb. 10, HHS’ Office for Civil Rights posted 30 breach reports that organizations had submitted to the agency in January.

Collectively, nearly 958,000 patients had data exposed in those 30 healthcare data breaches, according to OCR. Seven of the breaches compromised data on 10,000 or more patients.

Hacking and IT incidents accounted for nearly two-thirds of breaches reported in January. One breach resulted from loss; the remainder resulted from unauthorized access or disclosure.

In terms of patients affected, January represented a 52.1% increase from January 2020, when organizations reported 49 breaches affecting nearly 630,000 patients. In the month prior, December 2020, more than 4 million patients were affected in 62 breaches.

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