5 recent data breaches caused by human error

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Though phishing attacks are the most common cyberattack on healthcare organizations, leaders still must be vigilant to ensure human errors don’t occur. 

Here are five cases when patient data may have been exposed due to human error: 

1. Noblesville, Ind.-based Riverview Health began notifying 2,610 Feb. 27 that a limited amount of their information may have been exposed in a mailing error. 

2. Honolulu-based The Queen's Health System began notifying nearly 2,900 patients Feb. 21 that their information may have been exposed when an employee emailed the wrong person. 

3. Byron Center, Mich.-based Mercy Health Physician Partners Southwest began notifying 2,487 patients Feb. 10 that their information may have been exposed in a mailing error. 

4. Cook County (Ill.) Health began notifying 2,713 patients Jan. 24 that their personal information may have been sent to a third-party vendor who did not have a business agreement with the health system at the time. 

5. A patient at Oak Lawn, Ill.-based Advocate Christ Medical Center said the hospital sent him medical records that belonged to another patient. 

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