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The list of reported Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breaches has broken a new record. More than 2,000 breaches affecting 500 or more individuals have now been reported to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) since 2009. It took nearly five years for the "wall of shame" to reach 1,000 breaches affecting 500 or more individuals and reporting has since increased due in part to OCR's ramped up enforcement efforts, which seek to hold covered entities responsible for failure to report a breach within 60 days of discovery.
With the increase of sophisticated hacking and ransomware incidents in recent years, it is anticipated that the number of reported breaches will continue to rise at an accelerated rate. In 2017 it is anticipated that OCR will receive the most breach reports to date within a single calendar year.