Healthcare Data Breaches Increases

Millions of personal data of healthcare data may have been compromised every day with hacks. This includes important insurance and medical data. It has happened all the time.

Definition of data leak

A data breach is when a third-party gains unauthorized access to information. Data breaches can cause damage to any company, including merchants, credit card companies, healthcare systems, and many others.

Data breaches are usually caused by a breach in cybersecurity. These weaknesses could make it easier for hackers to access sensitive information like names, credit cards numbers, social security numbers and other personal data.

What is the trigger for a data breach within the healthcare industry?

Ransomware attacks are the most common cause of data breaches in healthcare. Hackers gain access to systems or databases through phishing scams or other methods. These hackers then “hostage” the databases until the healthcare system agrees to pay a ransom. Usually, this is in bitcoin.

Data breaches of this kind have become more common in recent years. However, there are still other ways sensitive healthcare data could be stolen. Two examples are traditional thievery or more simple hackers.

What are the implications of data breaches in the healthcare industry?

According to HIPAA Journal breach statistics, there were 3,054 data breaches in healthcare between 2009 and 2019. All of these incidents are believed to have resulted in the compromise of 230,954,151 healthcare records. This represents more than 69.78% of the US population.

Ransomware attacks and other breaches can impact healthcare providers’ day-to-day operations. Many hospitals shut down non-emergency services because they couldn’t access vital data. A ransomware attack can also cause cancellations or reschedules of appointments.

Data breaches can cause harm to healthcare victims. This includes the illegal release of patients’ financial information, insurance information, and social security numbers. It also puts them at risk of identity theft. These breaches could also expose other types of healthcare data such as test results and medical records as well as health history.

According to the Center for Internet Security (Circle for Internet Security), a data breach in healthcare costs an average of $355 per record. Many people believe payment information will be more expensive on the black market. However, credit card numbers can sell for as low as $1 or $2 while personal healthcare information can fetch as high as $363.

Data breach incidents in healthcare

Health Share of Oregon revealed in February 2020 that it was the victim of data theft in healthcare. During the November 2019 theft of a GridWorks office laptop containing customer data, it was allegedly taken.

According to reports, the laptop contained personal information for up to 654,362 individuals. This breach is much smaller than other breaches that have affected millions.

Health Share, a Medicaid coordinated healthcare group, may have exposed names, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates as well as Medicaid ID numbers.

The company does not know if member information was sold or discovered. However, it is reported that the system data was left unencrypted. This could mean that the data thief might have easy access and be able to sell the information.

“We take our members’ privacy & security very seriously,” stated Dr. Maggie Bennington Davis, interim CEO and Chief Med Officer at Health Share of Oregon. “We are making sure members, partners and regulators, as well as the general public, are aware of this issue.”

Bennington Davis promised that they would provide the best quality service for their members. This includes protecting their personal information.

A recent data breach affected Shields Health Care Group, Massachusetts. This hack affected 50 hospitals and affected more than 2 million people. The incident resulted in the theft of sensitive data including names, Social Security numbers, and addresses as well as insurance information, treatment information, and other information.

Other healthcare data breaches affected Scripps, Elekta and Ferguson Medical Group, Georgia’s healthcare network St. Joseph’s/Candler. Parker Hannifin, Partnership Health Plan of California. Norwood Clinic. Comprehensive Health Services/Acuity. Schneck Medical. ARcare.

Doug Collins

Doug Collins

Doug has spent more than 10 years in the stock, financial, and commodity markets and is a financial journalist for several publications. He also worked as a reporter on the Chicago and New York commodity futures trading floors. He has reported on every U.S. futures market at least once as a journalist.Doug covers business, finance, breaking news for He graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa where he studied economics and journalism. [email protected]

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