Health Breaches Expected To Reach 10 Million
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.March 23, 2011
The total number of individuals affected by health data breaches since 2009 could surpass 10 million, Gov Info Security reports. Now at 8.3 million individuals, that tally is expected to grow once details about a recent Health Net breach are added, in which data on 1.9 million current and past enrollees went missing after nine servers disappeared from a data center near Sacramento, CA. Three government agencies in California are investigating the breach, while a recent New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. breach affected 1.7 million. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is in the process of finalizing the HITECH breach notification rule to further clarify what incidents must be reported.