Healthcare data breaches hit all-time high in 2021, impacting 45M people
As health systems and hospitals are under unprecedented stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, their IT departments also are facing critical skills and staffing shortages as they battle unrelenting cyberattacks.
Cybersecurity breaches hit an all-time high in 2021, exposing a record amount of patients’ protected health information (PHI), according to a report from cybersecurity company Critical Insights.
In 2021, 45 million individuals were affected by #healthcare attacks, up from 34 million in 2020. That number has tripled in just three years, growing from 14 million in 2018, according to the report, which analyzes breach data reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by healthcare organizations.