More than 700,000 people had data exposed in healthcare breaches reported to the federal government last month.
In August, providers, health plans and their business associates reported 44 data breaches—affecting a total of 710,279 individuals—to HHS' Office for Civil Rights, the agency that maintains the government's database of healthcare breaches. That's the second-lowest number of impacted individuals in a single month since the start of 2019, following January's tally of 577,511 people.
Two of the data breaches reported to the OCR in August affected more 100,000 people each.
New Mexico-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services on June 6 discovered an unauthorized user had gained access to some employee email accounts, which the health system attributed to a phishing scam that began in May. The breached emails, which Presbyterian reported to the OCR Aug. 2, included patient and health plan data from an estimated 183,370 people.