The data of more than 1 million patients at New Jersey hospitals and medical facilities has been compromised since 2009, according to an investigative report by NJ Advance Media released Sunday morning.The story, reported and written by Carla Astudillo, explains how a number of instances of lost encrypted data — including Social Security numbers and payment information — have occurred more often and in more places than most likely realize.
The report sites statistics available on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services database.
According to the report, the information has been compromised in a nearly every sector of the medical health industry, including insurance, hospital systems and medical groups, laboratories and state government agencies.
In all, 17 different facilities have been compromised.
Even more alarming, the report said the instances are become more common, saying 850,000 patients had their information compromised in 2013, the most since reporting on the issue was mandated in 2009.
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