OCR: Data Breaches Double Since July

Dom Nicastro writes:

The number of entities reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals is close to reaching the 200 mark.

As of Tuesday, November 30, the number of entities reporting breaches to the government’s HIPAA privacy and security enforcer hit 197. The number of entities—listed on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) breach notification website–has almost doubled since July, when the number hit 107.

In the past five months, 90 new reports have surfaced, or an average of 18 per month, a higher pace than the 15-per-month the first five months after OCR launched the website.

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