Report: 29 million healthcare records compromised in past four years

New report indicates almost 30 million healthcare records have been stolen in the United States over the past four years.

Published Sat, Apr 18 2015 12:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:08 PM CST

There were at least 29 million US healthcare records stolen between 2010 and 2013 in data breaches, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). More than 58 percent of data breaches occurred by theft, with two-thirds of the incidents caused by electronic data that was stored on laptops, USB drives, and other portable media.

Report: 29 million healthcare records compromised in past four years | TweakTown.com

Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente researchers studied data breaches that involved at least 500 victims or more, so the 29 million figure could actually be even higher. It's also worth noting that some healthcare patients could have been victimized more than once, as some data may have been duplicated.

Cybersecurity professionals believe 2015 could be the year of healthcare record chaos, as Anthem suffered a breach - and more could be on the way.

Cybercriminals are changing their tactics to target consumer data that they can easily compromise and then resell easily - increasingly targeting payment information and healthcare records.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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