It seems not a week goes by that we don’t hear about a data loss incident in the healthcare industry, be it a provider or payer. Despite the regular headlines, the number of data breaches in the healthcare industry is on the rise. Healthcare IT News reports that more than 6 million people have been affected by breaches of protected health information since the HITECH Act breach notification went into effect. And in 2010, the Identify Theft Resource Center (ITRC) recorded 160 data breaches in the health/medical category—that’s more than double the 2009 total.
What’s more, data breaches in healthcare cost $301 per record, which is $87 more per record than the average. For more stats on the cost of a data breach, check out the Ponemon Institute’s U.S. Cost of a Data Breach study.