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One of the leading U.S. healthcare organizations (HCO) has revealed that a phishing attack in September 2017 may have led to the compromise of highly sensitive data belonging to nearly half a million patients.

While the principle of doctor-patient confidentiality has always been regarded as sacred, the digital age has inevitably led to greater ease of access to all information, including confidential patient health records.

As the healthcare industry continues to become increasingly more digital, more global healthcare organizations (HCOs) continue to suffer from data breaches.

A report released by John Hopkins University’s Care School of Business claims large healthcare organizations experience more data breaches than smaller healthcare providers.

The latest report released by Accenture finds that one in eight individuals in England has had their medical information compromised by hackers.

According to Protenus’ Health Care Breach Barometer, the Healthcare industry experienced a reported 31 data breach incidents during the first month of 2017.

Banner Health, one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the United States, is warning 3.7 million patients, staff, and food and beverage customers of a data breach traced back to June 23.

A proposed bill regarding data breach legislation in New York could soon be including individuals’ medical information under the definition of personal information.

Attackers targeting the healthcare industry has been a common trend over the past few years, with over 91 million records being compromised in the largest healthcare breaches to date: Premera & Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. 

While medical ID theft continues to rise, let’s ask, what are healthcare providers doing to change this epidemic?

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