66% of healthcare data breaches caused by hackers, HHS data shows

So far this year, healthcare organizations nationwide have reported to HHS a collective total of  about 13.7 million individuals being affected by data breaches.

Here is a breakdown of the 349 data breaches healthcare organizations reported to HHS in 2020 by type of incident:

  • Hacking/IT incident: 232 entries (66 percent)

  • Unauthorized access/disclosure: 73 entries (21 percent)

  • Theft: 24 entries (7 percent)

  • Improper disposal: 10 entries (3 percent)

  • Loss: 10 entries (3 percent)

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