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Insiders, hackers causing most recent healthcare breaches

August 17, 2017

Insiders and hackers have caused most this year's healthcare breaches, according to an article on the Healthcare IT News website.

So far in 2017, the healthcare sector has reported 233 breach incidents to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state attorney generals and media, the article said.

A report analyzed 193 of the incidents for which it had data. Breaches have remained steady in the last six months outside of June, which saw a spike with 52 incidents. And March saw the most patients affected, with 1,360,961 records breached.

According to the report, hacking accounted for 75 breaches this year, with 1,684,904 patient records impacted. Insiders accounted for 96 incidents or 41 percent of data breaches this year.

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