Throughout 2015, OCR reported 253 data breaches, with five besides Anthem totaling more than a million records. The total for the year was nearly 112 million.
Two years later, the Identity Theft Resource Center found that reported healthcare breaches had increased an estimated 40%. The center did offer a caveat: They couldn’t say whether the increase was due to more breaches or just more comprehensive reporting.
Most breaches were the result of hacking, but in second place was insider theft or employee error/negligence.
For 2018, OCR reported 351 breaches, with just over 13 million records compromised.
Organizations are required to report breaches of more than 500 records. And as of last week, the OCR had received reports of 29 healthcare data breaches in 2019. The total number of records compromised so far was 479,831. The single largest breach was 111,589 records, from Centerstone Insurance and Financial Services in Texas, dba BenefitMall.
If that rate continues for the rest of the year, the number of breaches will have remained relatively the same. But the number of compromised records will have declined again, to a little more than 5.7 million.
While it doesn’t mean the problem is solved, it’s an encouraging trend.