Large PHI Data Breach Incidents Now at 265
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.May 3, 2011
The number of large health data breaches reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is now at 265, according to HealthLeaders Media. As a provision to the HITECH Act, the OCR now posts entities who have reported a breach of personal health information that affects more than 500 individuals. The single largest reported breach affected 1.9 million individuals. In the 15 months since the OCR began posting the breaches, there has been an average of nearly 18 per month, or slightly more than one every other day, the report states.