Healthcare’s “wall-of-shame” for 2015 officially ends tonight at midnight. It’s not really a “wall,” it’s just a website, but it’s the online mechanism for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) under Health and Human Services to publish data breaches as reported to them and required by HIPAA. The numbers this year are just staggering.
The bulk of the breaches – about 38% – were reported as “Unauthorized Access/Disclosure,” but fully 90% of the top ten breaches were reported as a “Hacking/IT Incident.”As a category, “Hacking/IT Incident” represented 21% of all breaches. The other top category was “Theft” at 29% of all breaches.
Certainly the largest single breach – Anthem – represented over 70% of the total records compromised, but that still left 33 million records breached through other healthcare organizations.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/12/31/data-breaches-in-healthcare-total-over-112-million-records-in-2015/