Causes of Healthcare Data Breaches

Pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), covered entities (e.g. healthcare providers and health plans) must notify the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) of breaches of unsecured protected health information (“PHI”).1 The information provided to HHS provides companies with a high level of insight concerning the types of breaches that occur in the healthcare industry.
The data collected by HHS concerning breaches affecting 500 or more individuals in 2015 shows that unauthorized access or disclosure, such as misdirected mailings, break-ins of physical premises, and employees accessing PHI that is not necessary for their duties, is the most common form of data breach in the health sector – surpassing theft of hardware, which was the leading cause for health data breach in 2014. …causes-of-healthcare-data-breaches