Historically, healthcare data breaches have occurred because of technical issues or mistakes, such as data not being encrypted, insufficient firewalls and information being exposed unintentionally.

But a big threat now, because it can go unnoticed for an extended period and can compromise massive amounts of data, is hacking. “Certainly, the incidence of hacking has gone up dramatically,” says attorney Michael Sacopulos of Sacopulos Law Offices in Terre Haute, Ind.

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