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Online List Shows Reported Data Breaches Have Affected 1.2 Million People

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 6, 2010

Since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began listing healthcare breaches online, 64 incidents affecting well over one million people have been reported. American Medical News reports that HHS updated the list of breaches in April. Hospitals and large medical centers are identified by name in the updated list, the report states, and private practices will soon be named as well. Of the breaches reported so far, theft was listed as the cause for the majority of the incidents, and seven involved laptops, 12 involved paper records, 11 involved desktop computers, eight involved either hard drives or network servers, seven involved portable electronic devices and the remainder were classified as "other" in the report.
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