Data Breaches on the Rise: How Healthcare Organizations Can Protect Against Medical Identity Theft

Data breaches are almost becoming commonplace. Last year, the number of U.S. data breach incidents hit a new record high of 1,579, exposing nearly 158 million Social Security numbers. More than 27% targeted healthcare, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). While the rise in healthcare organizations experiencing data breaches hasn’t been proven to have directly caused the spike in medical identity theft, the correlation in these statistics’ growth certainly indicates a trend.