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Theft and disclosures account for most healthcare data breaches. But hackers took 3 times as many records

November 19, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

Over the last decade, healthcare organizations have been far more likely to report a data breach due to theft or an unauthorized disclosure. Hacking, meanwhile, is much less common. But attackers make off with far more patient records. In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday, researchers analyzed 1,138 healthcare breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services between 2009 and 2017. Two-thirds of those incidents were the result of theft—typically by an outsider or unknown party—or unauthorized disclosure, such as mailing mistakes that inadvertently disclosed sensitive information.