Journal Article

Disposal of paper records containing personal information in hospitals.

Ramjist JK; Coburn N; Urbach DR; Govindarajan A; Armstrong KA; Scott AL; Baxter NN.

A privacy breach is a type of patient harm. Investigators collected a large volume of recycled paper waste from multiple hospitals and found protected health information that should have been disposed of in a more secure fashion. The authors suggest systems approaches to avoid privacy breaches related to paper medical records.