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Disposal of paper records containing personal information in hospitals.

Ramjist JK, Coburn N, Urbach DR, et al. Disposal of Paper Records Containing Personal Information in Hospitals. JAMA. 2018;319(11):1162-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.21533.

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March 28, 2018
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.

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Ramjist JK, Coburn N, Urbach DR, et al. Disposal of Paper Records Containing Personal Information in Hospitals. JAMA. 2018;319(11):1162-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.21533.