Report: Healthcare Data Breaches Continue at Alarming Pace in Second Half of 2016
Healthcare data breaches are continuing at an alarming pace, with the second half of 2016 shaping up to have more breach incidents per month, so far, than in the first half of the year.
According to the Protenus Breach Barometer report, while the first six months of 2016 averaged 25.3 breaches per month, the second half thus far has had an average of 39.3 incidents per month, an over-55 percent increase. “While the number of months in this total is small, this trend over the last quarter provides some cause for alarm,” the report authors stated. There were 152 incidents involving protected health information (PHI) or medical health information in the first half of 2016, and so far, in the second half, there have been 118 incidents.