Nearly 300,000 individuals had data exposed in healthcare breaches reported to the federal government in December—the lowest number of people affected by healthcare breaches in a single month last year.
Providers, health plans and their business associates in December reported 30 breaches affecting 295,141 patients to HHS' Office for Civil Rights, the agency that maintains the government's database of healthcare breaches. In terms of patients affected, that's down 48% from December 2018, when organizations reported 25 breaches affecting 566,963 people.
In January, the 2019 month with the second-lowest number of impacted individuals, healthcare organizations reported 35 breaches exposing data on 577,511 people.
July saw the greatest number of individuals affected by healthcare breaches last year at 26.7 million.