The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) posts breaches affecting 500 or more patients to their online breach portal. The “wall of shame” permanently lists these breaches for public view. July healthcare breaches listed on the site affected 1,123,850 patients.
The majority of July healthcare breaches were caused by hacking or IT incidents. These types of breaches occur when an unauthorized individual gains access to an organization’s protected health information (PHI). In July, 971,768 patients were affected by hacking or IT incidents.
The following is a list of organizations affected by hacking or IT incidents, and the number of patients affected by each:
◈ Muskingum Valley Health Centers: affected 7,447 patients
◈ Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center: affected 3,127 patients