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OCR Patient Data Breach List Hits Milestone



The number of entities reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals has hit 225, the Office for Civil Rights says.



1 comments on "OCR Patient Data Breach List Hits Milestone"
Derek Beckwith (1/25/2011 at 11:41 AM)

Thanks for this article [INVALID] we posted a link to it on Identity Theft Daily News (www.idtheftdailynews.com) our news portal that highlights the day's best stories on data breaches, compliance and identity theft. While this article cites some great statistics, it is important to remember that the vast majority of breaches continue to go unreported. In the health care industry alone, according to two consecutive annual surveys of hospital executives by Identity Force (www.identityforce.com), over 40% of hospitals have 10 or more data breaches every year, and over 20% have more than 20 breaches annually [INVALID] yet only a handful are reported to state and federal regulators. A copy of the latest survey can be found at www.identityforce.com/Press.php. Medical identity theft will continue to be the fastest growing form of identity fraud until hospitals get breaches under control.