HIPAA Biannual Update

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HIPAA Biannual Update

July to December 2017

Since our last update in September, health care organizations across the country posted 180 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. As with our last update, the majority of the breaches (81 percent) were caused by unauthorized access and hacking. The percentage of breach investigations due to theft decreased (from 21 percent to 12 percent), but the overall number of breach investigations increased by 24 percent (from 145 in the first half of 2017 to 180 in the second half).


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