Milestone: Hacking incidents overtake insider breaches for 1st time in 2017

Almost half — 47.2 percent — of healthcare breaches were caused by hacking in July, according to according to a Protenus report.

The report, part of the "Protenus Breach Barometer" monthly series, analyzed healthcare breaches reported to HHS or disclosed to the media during July 2017.

Here are five things to know.

1. There were 36 healthcare breaches disclosed in July, encompassing at least 575,142 affected patient records.

2. Seventeen of the 36 breaches were hacking incidents, affecting 516,053 patient records. The figure is almost 21 times more records than were breached by insiders.

3. Insiders caused 22.2 percent of healthcare breach incidents in July. Protenus identified the number of patients affected for seven of the incidents, totaling 24,212 records.

4. July is the first month in 2017 during which hacking incidents overtook insider breaches in terms of both frequency and number of patients affected.

5. Healthcare providers reported 80.5 percent of all breaches reported in July. The remaining breaches were reported by health plans (8.3 percent) and third-party vendors (5.5 percent).

Click here to view the full report.

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