Report: 21 Million Medical Records Exposed in Breach!

Over the past three years, about 21 million patients have had their medical records exposed in data security breaches that were big enough to require they be reported to the federal government.

Since Sept. 2009, 477 breaches affecting 500 people or more each have been reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In total, the health records of 20,970,222 people have been compromised, the OCR said.

The Office for Civil Rights has been updating a list of the breaches on its website. The list is known to the health care industry as “The Wall of Shame,” according to the OCR.

Six health care organizations listed on The Wall of Shame reported security breaches that involved one million or more records.

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