Cybercriminals hit a home run with the March announcement of a breach that affected the Major League Baseball Players Benefit Plan that potentially compromised the protected health information of 13,156 individuals.
In March 2022, there were 30 large-scale breaches reported involving 1,285,716 patients. Most March 2022 healthcare breaches affected healthcare providers, with 21 incidents. These breaches compromised the (PHI) of 1,070,279, representing just over 83% of patients affected by the March incidents.
Business associates reported three additional incidents. Business associate incidents affected 41,183 patients, representing 3% of patients affected. Six health plans also reported incidents affecting 174,274 patients and representing 13.6% of affected patients.
March 2022 Healthcare Breaches and Hacking
Hacking continued its streak at the top of the list of causes of healthcare breaches in March 2022. There were 27 hacking incidents reported in March that affected 1,281,269 patients. These 27 incidents represented 99.7% of patients affected by March incidents.
Entities affected by hacking:
- 21 healthcare providers, 1,070,279 patients, 83.5% of patients affected by hacking
- 1 business associate, 38,418 patients, 3% of patients affected by hacking
- 5 health plans, 172,572 patients, 13.5% of patients affected by hacking
Types of hacking incidents:
- 19 network server hacks,1,171,815 patients, 91.5% of patients affected by hacking
- 7 email hacks, 107,960 patients, 8.4% of patients affected by hacking
- 1 electronic medical record, network server, 1,494 patients, 0.1% of patients affected by hacking