The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) publicly posts breaches affecting 500 or more patients on their online breach portal. Each month, we review those breaches to determine what the leading cause behind the previous month’s breaches are. June 2021 healthcare breaches affected 1,039,442 patients, and were predominantly the result of hacking incidents, representing 90.37% of patients affected by June’s breaches.

June 2021 Healthcare Breaches

  • 7.87% of patients affected by June’s breaches were the result of unauthorized access to protected health information (PHI)
  • 1.40% of patients affected by June’s breaches were the result of loss of PHI
  • 0.11% of patients affected by June’s breaches were the result of theft of PHI
  • 0.26% of patients affected by June’s breaches were the result of improper disposal of PHI

The breaches reported in June mostly targeted healthcare providers:

  • 71.66% of patients affected by June’s breaches were targeted through healthcare providers
  • 22.31% of patients affected by June’s breaches were targeted through business associates
  • 6.02% of patients affected by June’s breaches were targeted through health plans
  • 90.37% of patients affected by June’s breaches were the result of hacking incidents

Hacking Incidents Affected 939,318 Patients

June 2021 hacking incidents affected 939,318 patients. Of those incidents, 69.48% targeted healthcare providers, 24.45% targeted business associates, and 6.08% targeted health plans.

  • 66.50% were targeted through their network server
  • 25.84% were targeted through their email
  • 4.79% were classified as “other”
  • 2.87% were targeted through their electronic medical record platform

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