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Here’s what you didn’t know about health data breaches in February

Protenus, Inc. has released its February Breach Barometer, with its analysis of 39 health data incidents compiled for them by this site. As I have done in companion posts to their previous reports, I am providing a list, below, of the incidents upon which their report is based. Where additional details are available, I have linked to them. In some cases, as in past months, the only information we have is what HHS has posted on their public breach tool (referred to by some as the “Wall of Shame”). Because HHS’s reporting form results in ambiguous reports, some incidents reported to HHS wind up being coded as “UNKNOWN” for breach vector in Protenus’s analyses. Similarly, HHS’s form does not seem to result in accurate estimates of the role of third parties or Business Associates, and Protenus’s report contains more reports involving third parties than HHS’s list would suggest or indicate.

Unlike previous months’ reports, though, you will see four “nonpublic” incidents in...(continued)

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