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Small healthcare data breach, big impact



In 2016, we’ve seen more than 42 healthcare data breaches – and those only include ones that were reported. For example, you probably didn’t hear about the small breach that impacted the Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2014, at the aforementioned organization, more than 400 residents’ information was exposed after a phone was stolen, and no one knew much about it until the organization agreed to a $650,000 settlement in August 2016.

As the number of incidents goes up, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) wants to increase the number of cases they investigate. Until recently, the organization did not report or investigate healthcare breaches affecting fewer than 500 people, but now OCR is changing its tune.

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