Well being Knowledge Breaches: 29 Million U.S. Data Uncovered in 4 Years
Greater than 29 million U.S. well being data have been compromised in knowledge breaches between 2010 and 2013, based on a research revealed this week within the Journal of the American Medical Affiliation (JAMA).
The researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Stanford College used a authorities database to review 949 knowledge breaches throughout that 4-yr interval that concerned unencrypted well being knowledge, together with personally identifiable info.The researchers included solely incidents that affected 500 people or extra — in order that they warned the research "doubtless underestimated the true variety of well being care knowledge breaches occurring annually."
About two-thirds of those well being breaches concerned digital knowledge, typically saved on a laptop computer or different moveable gadget, and greater than fifty eight % of the breaches occurred by way of theft.
Breaches carried out by hacking are on a scary rise: That determine jumped from about 12 % of breaches in 2010 to greater than 27 % in 2013.
The 29.1 million well being data concerned within the breaches studied do not essentially imply 29.1 million people have been affected, the researchers famous, as some individuals might have been breached a number of occasions and a few data could also be duplicates.
However the determine continues to be excessive sufficient to scare the JAMA employees, who revealed an editorial based mostly on the research’s findings. The editorial started bluntly: "The private well being info of sufferers in america is just not protected, and it must be."
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