Journal Article

Disposal of paper records containing personal information in hospitals.

Ramjist JK, Coburn N, Urbach DR, et al. JAMA. 2018;319:1162-1163.

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.