Survey: 1 in 4 healthcare consumers have had data breached

A new survey from Accenture revealed 26 percent of United States consumers have had their personal medical data stolen from technology systems.

The survey was conducted between November 2016 and January 2017 among 2,000 Americans, as part of Accenture's "2017 Healthcare Cybersecurity and Digital Trust Research," which surveyed consumers in seven countries: Australia, Brazil, England, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the U.S.

Here are four additional findings from the survey.

1. Fifty percent of U.S. breach victims were also victims of medical identity theft and had to pay an average of $2,500 out-of-pocket costs.

2. Approximately 36 percent of U.S. breach victims had their information stolen in a hospital. The second most likely locations for breaches to occur were urgent care clinics (22 percent) and pharmacies (22 percent), followed by physician's offices (21 percent) and health insurers (21 percent).

3. Half of the U.S. consumers who experienced a breach learned of it themselves, often through an error on their credit card statement or benefits explanation.

4. Ninety-one percent of U.S. data breach victims took some type of action after the breach. Approximately 25 percent switched healthcare providers, but only 12 percent reported the breach to the organization that had their information.

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