Hacks on healthcare providers increased 320% in 2016

Healthcare providers experienced a record number of cyberattacks in 2016, according to a CynergisTek report.

The report, titled Breach Report 2016: Protected Health Information, is the seventh annual cybersecurity report from Redspin, which became part of the CynergisTek portfolio in January. The report investigates the causes of PHI breaches and the state of cybersecurity in healthcare.

Here are three things to know.

  • In 2016, there was a 320 percent increase in healthcare providers who were victimized by hackers.
  • The vast majority (81 percent) of records that were breached in 2016 were accessed by hacking, rather than another form of cyberattack.
  • In 2016, there were 325 large breaches of PHI, representing 16,612,985 individual patient records. In the year's largest breach incident, 3,620,000 patient records were exposed.

Click here to view more of the report's findings.

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