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May
12

Large patient breach number approaches 600

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OCR has reported 31 large patient information breaches in less than two months, according to its breach notification website.

OCR, the HIPAA privacy and security enforcer, had reported 543 patient-information breaches affecting 500 or more individuals as of March 1. That number rose to 556 as of March 16 and as of May 10 was at 587. The total number of breach reports of this kind reached 502 as of late October and 525 to start 2013.

OCR began posting the breaches per HITECH in February 2010. In about three years, OCR has reported an average of about 15 breaches per month, or one every other day. The breaches date back to September 2009 but began appearing online in February 2010.

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