January Healthcare Breaches

January healthcare breaches predominantly affected healthcare providers with 22 of the 30 reported breaches targeting providers. Of the other breaches reported in January, two affected business associates, while five affected health plans. More details on January healthcare breaches are discussed.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) publicly posts breaches affecting 500 or more patients to its online breach portal. In January, 28 organizations were posted on the portal. These breaches affected 957,950 patients, with 95.66% targeting healthcare providers, 2.65% targeting business associates, and 1.7% targeting health plans.

January Healthcare Breaches and Hacking Incidents

As of late, it seems to be that most healthcare breaches occur as the result of hacking or IT incidents, and January was no different. There were 19 hacking / IT incidents posted in January, affecting 913,762 patients, and representing 95.39% of affected patients.

Network Server Hacks Affected 654,780

Of those hacking incidents, seven were network server hacks affecting 654,780 patients, representing 72% of January hacking incidents.

January Hacking:IT Incidents

Healthcare Providers:

  • County of Ramsey: 8,687 patients affected
  • Paraquad, Inc. : 648 patients affected
  • Hendrick Health: 640,436 patients affected
  • KR Perio, Katherine Rodriguez, DMD: 500 patients affected
  • Leon Medical Centers, LLC: 500 patients affected
  • Gastroenterology Consultants Ltd: 2,500 patients affected

Health Plans:

  • Merrill Iron & Steel Health Benefit Plan: 899 patients affected
  • Krapf Group: 610 patients affected

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