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Protecting Health Data In A Troubling Time

Indeed, large-scale healthcare data breaches are becoming alarmingly commonplace, according to a research letter published in the April 14, 2015, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, from 2010 to 2013, nearly 1,000 large breaches affected more than 29 million individual health records, and more than half resulted from theft or loss of laptops, thumb drives, and paper records, according to the report, which is based on researchers’ evaluations of government data. The yearly number of breaches rose from 214 in 2010 to 236 in 2011, 234 in 2012, and 265 in 2013.