So far this year, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been informed of 243 healthcare breaches. This means that even with a couple of months left in the year, more breaches have been reported in 2016 than were reported in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2015, 269 breaches were reported to the OCR which means 2016 is well on its way to surpass 2015 as well.
That being said, the breaches in 2015 were more massive than what has been reported in 2016. To date, the health records of 14,310,091 individuals have been exposed or stolen. By this time last year, the health records of 112,784,979 individuals had been exposed or stolen over a count of 226 security breaches.
The worst year for healthcare data breaches was 2014. By this time in 2014, 255 healthcare data breaches had been reported to OCR and the final year end count was 296. At the current rate of reported breaches, 2016 is expected to exceed 300 incidents for the first time.