A new study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine found that 94% of patients affected by a health care data breach had their personal information compromised, FierceHealthcare reports. Researchers studied 1,461 health care breaches from the last 10 years and found that 66% of breaches compromised sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, and 35% of breaches compromised security and financial information. HIPAA Journal reports a spike in reported health care data breaches during the month of August this year (46.5 incidents) compared to the previous year (29.5 incidents). Meanwhile, Healthcare IT News reports health industry groups are calling on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to ensure upcoming regulations are “implemented in a manner that best meets the needs of patients and those who deliver their care.”
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