by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox
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HIPAA Breach Report for August 2019

by Hoala Greevy Founder CEO of Paubox

HIPAA Breach Report for August 2019

The Paubox Breach Report analyzed HIPAA breach reporting submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in July to analyze the types of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more people.

This report will cover:



HIPAA Breaches Ranked by People Affected

HIPAA Breach Report for August 2019

Top Three Breach Types

  • Network Server breaches ranked in first place with a staggering 22,291,378 people’s PHI affected. This is the highest amount of affected individuals in any given month so far this year. It’s also the third consecutive month Network Server has taken the top spot in this category.
  • Email breaches ranked second with PHI of 127,110 people breached.
  • Desktop Computer breaches came in third with 116,262 people having their PHI breached.

Bottom Three Breach Types

  • Laptop ranked as the lowest number of people’s PHI being breached with 2,201 breaches.
  • Paper/Films was the second lowest type of breach as ranked by people affected with 9,803.
  • Other was the third lowest type of breach as ranked by people affected with 18,490.

HIPAA Breaches Ranked by Occurrence

HIPAA Breach Report for August 2019

The Most Common

  • Email retook the top spot as the most common breach type in this month’s report with an astounding 20 reported breaches.
  • Network Server came in second with 11 breaches.
  • Paper/Films came in third with 5 reported breaches.

Takeaways

There were two Network Server HIPAA breaches that heavily skewed this month’s report. They were:

In a nutshell, both LabCorp and Optum360 were negatively impacted when a vendor they both have in common, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), was breached. In an embarrassing admission, it took AMCA eight months to discover its systems had been compromised.

In other words, AMCA served as a Business Associate to both LabCorp and Optum360.

Lastly, Email regained the top spot as the most frequent breach vector in the August HIPAA breach report.

In fact, Email has ranked first in the HIPAA Breaches Ranked by Occurrence category for 13 of the past 16 months.

Full Data

Click here to view the raw data (Google Sheets).

About the Paubox HIPAA Breach Report

The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes breaches that affected 500 or more individuals as reported in the HHS Wall of Shame in July 2019.

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