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Title:
A significant increase in the risk for exposure of health information in the United States: result from analysing the US data breach registry
Author:
Johan Gustav Bellika: Norwegian Centre for e-health research, University hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway / Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway Alexandra Makhlysheva: Norwegian Centre for e-health research, University hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway Per Atle Bakkevoll: Norwegian Centre for e-health research, University hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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Year:
2017
Conference:
Proceedings from The 15th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics 2017 Kristiansand, Norway, August 29–30, 2017
Issue:
145
Article no.:
009
Pages:
55-59
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2018-01-04
ISBN:
978-91-7685-364-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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The study surveys the probability and consequences of protected health information (PHI) data breaches. We analysed the development of data breaches in the US data breach registry available online in 2010-2016 by focusing on two PHI breach categories: theft and loss, and hacking and unauthorised use. 79% of all analysed PHI breaches was the result of hacking or unauthorised use versus 19% caused by loss or theft. Totally over 171 million persons were affected by PHI breaches during the analysed period, which corresponds to 54% of the US population. On average, 4.6 million persons are annually affected by theft or loss of PHI versus 19.4 million affected by hacking and unauthorised use of PHI. The number of hacking attacks increased by 15 times from 2010 to 2016. The largest single loss of PHI so far is 78.8 million records. The analysis has shown the risk of PHI breaches in the US is high and significantly increasing. In Scandinavian settings, such a risk would imply measures to reduce both probability and consequence of breaches

Keywords: Computer Security, Cybersecurity, Risk Assessment

Proceedings from The 15th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics 2017 Kristiansand, Norway, August 29–30, 2017

Author:
Johan Gustav Bellika, Alexandra Makhlysheva, Per Atle Bakkevoll
Title:
A significant increase in the risk for exposure of health information in the United States: result from analysing the US data breach registry
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Proceedings from The 15th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics 2017 Kristiansand, Norway, August 29–30, 2017

Author:
Johan Gustav Bellika, Alexandra Makhlysheva, Per Atle Bakkevoll
Title:
A significant increase in the risk for exposure of health information in the United States: result from analysing the US data breach registry
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