Unauthorized access or disclosure—which includes sharing of personal health information (PHI), was the cause of 35.9 percent of breaches, affecting 23.9 percent of individuals.(Image: Shutterstock)

Data breaches cost health care organizations nearly $12 billion dollars in 2019, a new report has found. The Health Care Breach Report was released by Bitglass, a cloud security company based in Silicon Valley. The company said its sixth-annual report on data breaches in health care found more than 27 million people were affected.

Using information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bitglass found the total number of records exposed to hackers doubled between 2018 and 2019. The report broke down data breaches into different categories and explored the implications for health care organizations, based on those different types of incidents.

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