[ Wednesday, January 05, 2011 ]
Reportable Data Breaches:
How many big HIPAA breaches have there been? As of today, 217 separate breaches
of data involving over 500 individuals have been reported to HHS, involving over 6.3 million individuals
. There might be some overlap there, but I'd suspect well over 6 million individuals have had their PHI breached in the 15 months. Over half are the loss or theft of some computer device or media, and half of those are lost/stolen laptops.
All of those cases involved unencrypted information on those laptops and computer devices. If that information had been encrypted, there would have been no need to make a report.
In other words, the total number of breaches on the list would have been reduced by more than half if everyone encrypted. Something to think about.
Jeff [6:23 PM]
Blogger: HIPAA Blog - Edit your Template