Biggest HIPAA breaches of 2014
December 26, 2014 in Medical Technology
Individuals Affected: 307,528
When: May 2014
The Brentwood, Tenn.-based imaging company notified its patients in May after discovering that a network server folder containing protected health information had been accessible on the Internet. An investigation found that the data, which included medical diagnoses, health insurance data, radiology procedures, patients names, DOBs, addresses and Social Security numbers, were indeed readable over the Internet.
Since 2009, nearly 42 million people have had their protected health information compromised in HIPAA privacy and security breaches, with each year showing again and again: healthcare covered entities and their business associates still fail to safeguard patients’ protected health information. This year proved no exception.