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The biggest health data breaches of 2017
While there haven’t been any blockbuster data breaches so far this year, the numbers continue to rise. About 200 data breaches have been reported on the web site operated by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services—the list contains breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals. According to the Protenus Breach Barometer, about 233 total breaches were reported in the first six months of 2017; in all of 2016, about 450 breaches were reported. Here’s a list of the largest breaches reported so far this year.
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Airway Oxygen in Michigan
Records affected: 500,000

Date reported: July 16, 2017

Cause: Hacking of a network server
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Women’s Healthcare Group of Pennsylvania
Records affected: 300,000

Date reported: July 15, 2017

Cause: Hacking of desktop computer and network server
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Urology Austin
Records affected: 279,663

Date reported: Jan. 22, 2017

Cause: Ransomware attack
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Pacific Alliance Medical Center in California
Records affected: 266,123

Date Reported: Aug. 10, 2017

Cause: Hacking of a network server
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Peachtree Neurological Clinic in Georgia
Records affected: 176,295

Date Reported: July 7, 2017

Cause: Hacking of a network server
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McLaren Medical Group, Lansing, Mich.
Records affected: 106,008

Date reported: Aug. 24, 2017

Cause: Network server hacked
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Emory Healthcare
Records affected: 79,930

Date reported: Feb. 21, 2017

Cause: Hacker deleted appointment information system
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Salina Family Healthcare Center
Records affected: 77,337

Date reported: Aug. 16, 2017

Cause: Ransomware attack
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Stephenville (Texas) Medical & Surgical Clinic
Records affected: 75,000

Date reported: Jan. 23, 2017

Cause: Unauthorized access to computer/potential disclosure
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ABCD Pediatrics
Records affected: 55,447

Date reported: March 26, 2017

Cause: Ransomware attack
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Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center
Records affected: 46,632

Date reported: June 19, 2017

Cause: Hacking of email
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St. Mark’s Surgical Center in Florida
Records affected: 33,877

Date reported: Aug. 9, 2017

Cause: Hacking of a network server
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Tampa Bay Surgery Center
Records affected: 25,848

Date reported: June 20, 2017

Cause: Hacking: Data stolen and put on file-sharing website
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WellCare Health Plans in Florida
Records affected: 24,809

Date reported: Jan. 27, 2017

Cause: Hacking of a network server