On July 25, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has implemented several changes to its web-based breach-reporting portal (commonly referred to as the “Wall of Shame”), which lists healthcare data breaches of 500 or more patient records dating back to 2009. The upgraded website lists data breaches reported within the last 24 months that are currently under investigation by the OCR. Historical data is still available under a separate archived tab.

According to the OCR announcement, “The HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) features improved navigation for both those looking for information on breaches and ease-of-use for organizations reporting incidents. The tool also helps educate industry on the types of breaches that are occurring, industry-wide or within particular sectors, and how breaches are commonly resolved following investigations launched by OCR, which can help industry improve the security posture of their organizations.”

The HBRT may be found here. Additional information on the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule may be found here.