Health Information Management

More than 7 million medical records breached in 2013

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 10, 2014

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Last year, organizations reported 199 large breaches to HHS, resulting in the exposure of PHI of more than 7 million patients, according to Breach Report 2013: Protected Health Information (PHI) released by Redspin, Inc.

This is a 137% increase over the number of medical records reported as breached in 2012. The annual report is based on an analysis of data breaches reported to HHS since 2009 and an assessment of the effectiveness of policies and procedures for safeguarding PHI.

Nearly half (45%) of all breaches and the majority (83%) of all records breached in 2013 were due to theft of devices. Unauthorized access accounted for 22% of all breaches and 4.4% of all records breached in 2013.

The number of breaches involving business associates (BA) remained nearly the same in 2013 (21.6%) as it did on average from late 2009 through 2012 (20.7%). However, the overall number of records involved in a BA-related breach decreased to 10% in 2013 from an average of 56% from 2009 to 2012, according to the report.

This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.


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