In the US, nearly 32 million patient records were breached in the first half of 2019, according to data released by Protenus, an AI-powered healthcare compliance analytics platform that protects patient data for America’s leading health systems. The number was double the total for the whole of 2018.

Of the 285 reported security incidents, 60% of the data breaches were a result of hacking. The single largest breach disclosed so far this year was the result of hacking a medical collections agency with more than 20 million patient records affected. The incident was only discovered when patient data was found for sale on the dark web.