Providers, health plans and their business associates reported 29 breaches affecting nearly 438,000 patients to the federal government in the first month of 2020.
While the overall number of breaches is down in January compared to December, 10% more patients were affected, according to data from the HHS' Office for Civil Rights, the agency that maintains the government's database of healthcare breaches. But it's down from last year's January, when breaches exposed data of almost 578,000 patients.
A breach at not-for-profit health system PIH Health in California—the result of an email phishing campaign—was the only incident reported to the OCR in January that affected more than 100,000 people.
The largest healthcare breach reported in 2019 involved exposure of 11.5 million patients' data.