Each month, we publish our monthly breach report in which we examine the previous month’s breaches, and determine the leading cause behind them. In November 2021, there were 64 large-scale healthcare breaches, affecting a total of 2,289,046 patients. The majority of 2021 November healthcare breaches were classified as hacking or IT incidents (52 incidents, representing 98.24% of the patients affected). More details are discussed below.
2021 November Healthcare Breaches and Hacking
Hacking incidents continue to plague the healthcare industry, and have long been the main cause behind breaches of protected health information (PHI). November 2021 saw 52 hacking incidents, affecting 2,248,714 patients. These incidents stemmed from different, in what the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refers to as, “locations.”