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5.4 million affected by health data breaches in 2010, says HHS

September 17, 2011

In calendar year 2010, HIPAA-covered entities notified the Health and Human Services Department of 207 breaches that affected 500 or more individuals. This resulted in breach notifications being sent to approximately 5.4 million individuals, finds an HHS report.

The most common cause of these large breaches in 2010 was theft, according to an annual report (.pdf) submitted to congressional committees. The report covers breaches between Sept. 23, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010.

Read more: 5.4 million affected by health data breaches in 2010, says HHS – FierceGovernmentIT http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/54-million-affected-health-data-breaches-2010-says-hhs/2011-09-12#ixzz1YD0i3CB4
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