Report: 40% of Americans impacted by healthcare data breaches

40% of Americans compromised in healthcare data breach.

Published Wed, Aug 26 2015 12:06 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Almost 45 percent of Americans have suffered from a cyberattack targeting sensitive health information, according to a recent iSheriff white paper.

Report: 40% of Americans impacted by healthcare data breaches | TweakTown.com

It has been an absolutely atrocious year for healthcare data breaches, with the likes of Anthem, Premera, CareFirst, and UCLA Health Systems suffering breaches - totaling a whopping 143 million patient records.

"When more than forty percent of the US population has been a victim of a data security breach, we must recognize this is an epidemic that can and will hit any healthcare provider," said Paul Lipman, CEO of iSheriff. "These breaches not only cost time and money, they risk compromised medical records that could impact health diagnoses and outcomes. Cybercrime is the new healthcare crisis."

Unlike debit and credit card information - which remains a popular target by cybercriminals - health data cannot suddenly be canceled or turned off. Instead, the personal data can be used for identity theft, fraudulent medical care, and to help create databases with personal information, medical data, and other information.

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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