Study Finds 5M Individuals' Information Lost, Stolen During First Year of HITECH

Approximately 4.9 million individuals had their personal health information compromised as a result of 166 data breaches that occurred during the first year of the HITECH Act, according to a white paper by Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

Of these breaches, laptops were the greatest source, being involved in 43 different cases and affecting more than 1.5 million individuals. Other key findings include the following:

•         Theft was the primary cause of a data breach, occurring 58 percent of the time; loss and other were tied in second at 14 percent.
•         Theft affected more than 3 million individuals.
•         32 percent of breaches were reported within first three months.

Read the white paper about data breaches.

Read other coverage about data breaches:

- Personal Medical Records of 1.7M New York Individuals Stolen

- 61% of Data Breaches a Result of Malicious Intent

- UIHC Fires Three Hospital Employees After Inappropriate Data Breach

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