2015 was filled with hacking incidents, but the top healthcare data breaches so far this year are from different causes.
Hacking was a top concern last year for covered entities, and it was the leading cause for the largest healthcare data breaches in 2015. Healthcare cybersecurity measures are becoming a top priority for organizations of all sizes, as third-party hackers.
However, the first few months into 2016 are showing a slightly different trend, with results from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicating that stolen devices and improper disposal are the top threats currently facing the industry.
The top five healthcare data breaches of this year so far do not involve hacking or an IT incident, according to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) data breach reporting tool. Instead, theft, loss, improper disposal, and unauthorized email access or disclosure have caused the largest incidents in 2016.
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