Nearly half of health care breaches in the United States in July were caused by hacking, marking the first time this year that hacking incidents outnumbered insider breaches in both frequency and number of affected patient records.

A new report by Protenus analyzed health care breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services or disclosed in the media.

The report examined 36 breaches disclosed in July, affecting at least 575,000 patient records. Of those, 17 breaches affecting more than 516,000 records were related to outside hacking. In comparison, insider breaches caused eight of these health care breaches in July, affecting about 24,000 records.

Of the breaches reported in July:

  • 80.5 percent were reported by providers;
  • 8.3 percent were reported by health plans; and
  • 5.5 percent were reported by third-party vendors.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page dedicated to cybersecurity threats. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions