HIPAA Breach Report for August 2022

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The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes protected health information (PHI) breaches affecting 500 or more people as reported to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in July 2022.


This report covers:

HIPAA breaches ranked by people affected

Most common breaches by type

  • Network server breaches affected the most people in July 2022. 2,129,030 individuals had their data breached.
  • Electronic medical record breaches were the second most common breach, with 1,366,880 people affected.
  • Email breaches affected 200,212 people, the third most common breach type.

HIPAA breaches ranked by occurrence

Most common breach types

  • Network server was the most common attack vector in July 2022. There were 25 network server breaches.
  • Email breaches were the second most common attack vector; 11 attacks via email were reported.
  • Electronic medical record breaches were reported 4 times last month.

Year over year comparison

These charts compare the HIPAA data breach statistics from previous Paubox HIPAA Breach Reports (August 2018, August 2019August 2020, August 2021) with this month’s report.

HIPAA breaches ranked by people affected

What we observe

  • Network server, email, and electronic medical record breaches affected most people overall in July 2018-2022.
  • Network server breaches affected a total of 29,595,464 people in these months.
  • Email breaches affected 2,641,422 people, and electronic medical record breaches affected 1,577,404.

HIPAA breaches ranked by occurrence

What we observe

  • Email, network server, and paper/films breach types were the most common attack vectors in July 2018-2022.
  • Email breaches occurred 77 total times.
  • Network server breaches occurred a total of 73 times, and paper/films types occurred 20 times.
  • The most significant number of email breaches happened in July 2019.

Takeaways

Network server breaches affected the most people in July 2022. Novant Health Inc. had the most significant breach that affected 1,362,296 people. Practice Resources, LLC had the second-largest breach that affected 942,138 people.

The yearly comparison shows that email breaches were the most popular attack vectors for bad actors over the last five July months. Over 2 million total individuals had their data breached via 77 email breaches during this time.

Full data

Click here to view the HHS’ raw data via Google Sheets.

About the Paubox HIPAA Breach Report

The Paubox HIPAA Breach Report analyzes recent PHI breaches that affected 500 or more individuals, as reported on the HHS Wall of Shame in July 2022.

SEE ALSO: HIPAA compliant email: the definitive guide

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