According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), email breaches are on the rise.
The OCR maintains a database of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting at least 500 individuals. MPA crunched some numbers, looking at OCR breach reports still under investigation for each six month period for the past 24 months. The number of email breaches reported to the OCR between the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2019 more than quintupled.
Let’s look at some real world examples to see how email use can breach HIPAA.