We first published this back in 2015 and since, the problem has only grown. Here are the latest statistics:
There was at least one health data breach a day and 503 health data breaches overall in 2018 according to analysis released this week.
The number of breached patient records tripled in 2018, to the tune of some 15 million patient records, according to research released this week.
Those numbers - 5,579,438 records in 2017 to 15,085,302 records in 2018 – come despite only a modest uptick in health data breaches, from 477 in 2017 to 503 in 2018.
This is what we said in 2015 and it seems we were a bit too accurate!! - Data breaches of giant retailers Target and Home Depot now seem to have been a foreshadowing of what healthcare could expect. After major breaches suffered by insurance giant Anthem, it seemed that the issue of healthcare data security was thrust into the spotlight. This has left healthcare providers with no choice: become more vigilant against security threats, or risk both clinical and financial disasters.