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More data breaches occur in the healthcare industry compared to any other industry, making it known to be one of the worst when it comes to cybersecurity. Becker’s Hospital Review has made a list of 10 data breaches that have been reported in just the past three weeks:

  1. Centene: The St. Louis-based healthcare enterprise is currently searching for six missing hard drives that contain protected names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers and health information of 950,000 individuals.
  2. Michael Benjamin, MD: This physician specializing in hematology and oncology reported a data breach resulting in 1,300 stolen patient charts.
  3. Alaska Orthopedic Specialists: The Anchorage-based orthopedic specialists notified their patients of a breach when they found that a former employee had sent copies of patient information to their personal email account.
  4. Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently found that an unauthorized party gained access to an employee’s credentials which possibly compromised protected health information of 1,009 individuals.
  5. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital: This Newburgh, N.Y. hospital recently discovered this data breach after they found that a thumb drive containing protected health information was stolen.
  6. MaineGeneral Health: A December breach has been updated revealing that protected health information and Social Security numbers of an additional 2,000 people was compromised. This brings the total number of affected individuals to 120,000. The breach was initially reported after the FBI found some of MainGeneral’s data on an external website.
  7. New West Health Services: This healthcare firm reported a breach after a computer containing personal health information of 25,000 customers was stolen.
  8. Blue Shield of California: 21,000 customers were notified that their personal information was compromised during a data breach in December. It is believed that those who may have been affected enrolled between October 2013 and December 2015.
  9. Hillsides: This child welfare agency in Pasadena, California reported a data breach after an employee sent internal files to a personal email address containing personally identifiable information and protected health information of 502 clients and 468 employees.
  10. Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital: On Nov. 20, Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette found that an unencrypted flash drive was missing from their emergency department. The flash drive held information of over 29,000 patients.

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