HHS: Data breaches exposed info of 7.8M people last year

More than 7.8 million people were victims of healthcare data breaches from 2009 to 2010, the Health and Human Services Department said in a recent report to Congress.

The report found there were 252 major data breaches during a 15-month period.

Nearly half of the largest breaches were the result of theft — the largest affected more than 1 million people’s medical records stolen from the back-up tapes of a vendor.

However most of the thefts involved unattended laptops.

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