March 27, 2012
A recent released report shows that in 2011 there was a 97% increase (year over year) in data breaches of protected health information (PHI). The report authored by Redspin, Inc. also showed that 19 million patient’s health records were affected in this increase in breaches. Over the past few years there has been an unprecedented level of data breaches carried out by thieves and other unauthorized individuals who either stole or snooped into patient records.
The Redspin’s 2011 PHI Breach Evaluation utilized info through the U.S. Division of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) documents. They looked at HHS files for health connected information breaches in between 2009 and November 2011. The company’s evaluation showed that from the 385 breaches throughout this time around period, 39% took location through a laptop pc or some other transportable device. An additional 25% occurred on a desktop Computer or perhaps a network server. The biggest percentage was from malicious intent either to steal or to view. This was 60%.