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HIPAA & Breach Enforcement Statistics for March 2017

Approximately 171,405,561 people have been affected by 1,832 HITECH Act breaches through Feb. 17, according to a HIP/SA analysis of data released by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That suggested that 34 new breaches affected approximately 602,000 patients in incidents reported from Jan. 18 through Feb. 17.

The latest statistics indicated that:
  • Breaches of network servers continued to affect the majority of patients;
  • The theft of laptop computers was the leading reason for breaches; and
  • Overall, theft was the leading reason for breaches.


Full Version of HIPAA and Breach Enforcement Statistics

HIPAA and Breach Enforcement Statistics provides monthly updates on HHS's efforts to enforce the HIPAA privacy and security regulations and the HITECH Act breach notiification requirements based on the raw data provided by the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

The statistics include analyses of the privacy and security complaints lodged with the Office for Civil Rights and the statistics and analyses of the HITECH Breach reporting data.

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