Dutch hospitals reported 304 separate incidents of patient data loss since January 1. According to the Authority for Personal Data (AP), the hospitals rarely encrypted the data. They also reported that the majority of the data loss occurred due to human error. Many data losses occurred after employees misplaced essential USB drives and other storage mediums. For example, a doctor from Antoni van Leeuwenhoekziekenhuis lost a hard drive with 800 patient records. Hackers have also accessed electronic healthcare records (EHR) through compromised email addresses.
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