A security expert sounds the alarm on a record wave of health data breaches

In the past 18 months there has been a record number of healthcare data breaches and cyberattacks. As of June 30, there had been 228 separate healthcare industry data breach incidents on top of the 450 cyberattacks healthcare organizations of all kinds were hit with in 2016, says patient privacy analytics developer Protenus Inc., which also tracks healthcare data breach incidents.

For the first six months of the year, 3.2 million electronic medical records were impacted by a cyberattack. That compares with 27 million electronic patient medical records breached in 2016, Protenus says. Healthcare data breaches are occurring at the rate of 1.2 incidents daily.

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