May was another prolific month for healthcare data breaches. Covered entities and business associates reported breaches affecting 4,285,997 records containing protected health information (PHI).
In May 2022, there were 96 large-scale breaches reported, most of which affected healthcare providers, with 48 incidents. These 48 incidents compromised the PHI of 1,024,081 individuals, representing 23.9% of patients affected by the May incidents.
Business associates reported 10 additional incidents, but those incidents accounted for more than half of all records breached. Business associate incidents affected 2,246,807 patients, representing 52.4% of patients affected.
Eleven health plans also reported incidents affecting 1,015,109 patients and representing 23.7% of affected patients. In May, 52 breaches resulted from hacking incidents. There were 13 breaches caused by unauthorized access or disclosure of PHI, three incidents involving theft, and one as the result of loss of PHI.
May 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 May 2022. The 52 hacking incidents reported in May affected the PHI of 4,088,180 patients. These 52 incidents represented 95% of the breached records reported during the month.
Entities affected by hacking:
- 40 healthcare providers, 867,465 patients, 21.2% of patients affected by hacking
- 7 business associates, 2,241,838 patients, 54.8% of patients affected by hacking
- 5 health plans, 978,877 patients, 23.9% of patients affected by hacking
Types of hacking incidents:
- 27 network server hacks,1,144,699 patients, 89.9% of patients affected by hacking
- 17 email hacks, 157,339 patients, 3.9% of patients affected by hacking
- 4 electronic medical records, 127,885 patients, 3.1% of patients affected by hacking
- 4 miscellaneous hacks, 128,050 patients, 3.1% of patients affected by hacking