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A record high number of US healthcare organizations reported data breaches in 2016, according to a new analysis of data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The number of healthcare businesses reporting a breach shot up to an all-time high of 328 in 2016, a 22.3% increase over the previous record of 268 in 2015.
Yet while the number of breaches skyrocketed, the number of people affected dropped significantly, from 35 million (not including the nearly 80 million affected by the Anthem breach) in 2015 to 16.6 million in 2016. This is a good sign that the healthcare industry is making headway in its fight to protect sensitive patient information.
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