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Redspin Releases 2010 Protected Health Information Breach Analysis

CARPINTERIA, Calif. Feb. 9, 2011 August 2009

Redspin’s analysis focuses on single breaches affecting more than 500 people. Such large scale breaches must be reported on a timely basis to individuals, the media and the HHS Secretary according to the HHS Office of Civil Rights’ regulations. The regulations also require business associates of covered entities to notify the covered entity of such breaches at or by the business associate. 

Selected findings from the report include:

  • Puerto Rico
  • ~27,000 individuals, on average, are affected by a breach.
  • 78% of all records breached are the result of 10 incidents, five of which are the result of theft of common storage media e.g. desktop computers, network servers, and portable devices.
  • 61% of breaches are a result of malicious intent.
  • ~66,000 individuals, on average, are affected by a single breach of portable media.
  • 40% of records breached involved business associates.

John Abraham

About Redspin, Inc.

Redspin delivers comprehensive security testing, risk management and compliance solutions. For hospitals and other covered entities, Redspin provides HIPAA risk analysis and IT security assessment services that meet the security requirements of the EHR meaningful use incentive program. Most importantly, Redspin helps keep protected health information safe and critical IT systems secure. The company’s expertise, objectivity and business acumen have made Redspin a trusted partner to healthcare and other industries for over a decade.

SOURCE Redspin, Inc.

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