The 11-page report covers breaches covers breaches of more than 500 individuals between Sept. 23, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010, affecting entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
More than 48 percent of breaches in 2010 involved theft, with the largest reported theft affecting nearly 1.9 million individuals. The breach involved the theft of electronic medical record information saved on back-up devices. Laptop theft caused more than 20 percent of breaches in 2010, the report says.
Under the HITECH Act, the HHS secretary is required to submit an annual report to Congress detailing breaches and steps taken to prevent future breaches. HIPAA-covered entities are required to notify affected individuals, HHS and in some cases the media of data breaches.
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