August 2019 Healthcare Data Breaches Reported at a Rate of 1.5 incidents per day

According to HIPAA Journal’s monthly healthcare data breach update posted on September 23, 2019, “In August, healthcare data breaches continued to be reported at a rate of more than 1.5 per day, which is around twice the monthly average in 2018 (29.5 breaches per month). This is the second successive month when breaches have been reported at such an elevated level. While the number of breaches has not changed much since last month (49 compared to 50), there has been a substantial reduction in the number of exposed records.” Hacking and IT incidents were the number 1 cause of incidents, followed by unauthorized uses and disclosures.