July proved to be a month when business associates reported breaches affecting more than double the number of patients’ information as covered entities.
Business associates reported 3,598,456 records breached in July, while covered entities tallied 1,710,049 breached files. Together, data breaches affected 5,308,505 records containing protected health information (PHI) during July.
In July 2022, there were 57 large-scale breaches reported, 31 of which affected healthcare providers. These 31 incidents compromised the PHI of 1,275,263 individuals, representing 24% of patients affected by the July incidents.
Business associates reported 16 additional incidents, accounting for nearly one-third of all records breached. Business associate incidents affected 3,598,456 patients, representing 67.8% of patients affected.
Ten health plans also reported incidents affecting 434,813 patients and representing 8.2% of affected patients.
In July, 47 breaches resulted from hacking incidents. There were seven breaches caused by unauthorized access or disclosure of PHI, two incidents involving theft, and one as the result of loss of PHI.
July 2022 Healthcare Breaches and Hacking
Cybercriminals are still busy as hacking continued its streak at the top of the list of causes of healthcare breaches in July 2022. The 47 hacking incidents reported in July affected the PHI of 5,177,660 patients. These 47 incidents represented 97.5% of all reported records breached during the month.
Entities affected by hacking:
- 26 healthcare providers, 1,268,083 patients, 24.5% of patients affected by hacking
- 14 business associates, 3,560,048 patients, 68.8% of patients affected by hacking
- 7 health plans, 329,529 patients, 6.7% of patients affected by hacking
Types of hacking incidents:
- 30 network server hacks, 4,967,305 patients, 95.9% of patients affected by hacking
- 118 email hacks, 91,894 patients, 1.8% of patients affected by hacking
- 5 electronic medical records systems hacks, 116,763 patients, 2.3% of patients affected by hacking
- 1 other causes hack, 1,698 patients, less than 0.02% of patients affected by hacking