One out of every three Americans was affected by a healthcare record breach last year, or more than 113 million people, up more than 10-fold from 12.6 million in 2014, according to a report released this morning by Bitglass.
Types of breaches changed dramatically, as well. In 2014, 68 of breached medical records were due to lost or stolen devices, but that percentage dropped to 2 percent last year.
Instead, in 2015, 98 percent of lost records were due to large-scale breaches.
“Lost and stolen devices have traditionally been the biggest source or compromised medical records,” said Rich Campagna, vice president of products at Bitglass. “And that’s completely switched.”