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Research Letter
June 2017

Hospital Risk of Data Breaches

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Washington, DC
  • 2Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • 3Miller College of Business, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(6):878-880. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0336

As the adoption of electronic record and health information technology rapidly expands, hospitals and other health providers increasingly suffer from data breaches.1 A data breach is an impermissible use or disclosure that compromises the security or privacy of the protected health information and is commonly caused by a malicious or criminal attack, system glitch, or human error.2,3 Policy makers, hospital administrators, and the public are highly interested in reducing the incidence of data breaches. In this retrospective data analysis, we use data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to examine what type of hospitals face a higher risk of data breaches.

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