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Posted on November 11, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

While this blog is named EMR and HIPAA, it seems that people will only read about HIPAA when we talk about HIPAA data breaches. It’s like the rubber necking that occurs when there’s an accident on the roads. We just can’t resist not looking. The same is true when it comes to HIPAA data breaches. Everyone has to look when they happen.

The people at DataMotionHealth have put together an infographic (see below) on the history health care data breaches (many of which we’ve written about) that highlights some of the major health care data breaches that have occurred over the years. The charts shows the number of size of the data breaches accelerating. That has many people concerned, but I still argue that we might just be better able to know when a data breach occurs today than we were before. Of course, we’ve talked before that technology does make it much easier to breach a large number of records. Where do you see HIPAA breaches heading?

History of Health Care Data Breaches