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Number of Patient Records Breached Nearly Triples in 2019

Fierce Healthcare
By Heather Landi
February 20, 2020

Over 41 million patient records were breached in 2019, with a single hacking incident affecting close to 21 million records.

Healthcare data breaches in 2019 almost tripled those the healthcare industry experienced in 2018 when 15 million patient records were affected by breach incidents, according to a report from Protenus and DataBreaches.net.

Protenus, a healthcare compliance analytics firm, analyzed data breach incidents disclosed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the media during 2019.