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Many Hospitals Suffer Numerous Breaches Annually

Number of multiple incidents for many grows

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Many Hospitals Suffer Numerous Breaches AnnuallyThe number of healthcare facitilies that suffered multiple data breaches in the past 12 months has expanded considerably in the last two years.

New data from the HIMSS Analytics report from Kroll Advisory Solutions shows that the majority of healthcare centers suffered more than one data breach last year, and the amount that did so grew from 2010's totals, according to a report from iHealth Beat. In all, 31 percent of hospitals who said they suffered at least a single data breach said that was the only one they suffered, down from 43 percent two years ago.

Meanwhile, the proportion of hospitals that said they suffered two breaches remained the same at 28 percent, and the rate at which others suffered between three and nine breaches exploded to 35 percent from 15 percent, the report said. Meanwhile, those suffering 10 or more breaches fell from 15 percent to just 6 percent.

Ondrej Krehel, chief information security officer for Identity Theft 911, writes about data breaches and what consumers can do to mitigate their risk when victimized by this type of incident.

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