MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Ge Bai, PhD, CPA
The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Washington, DC 20036
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We examined the hospital data breaches between 2009 and 2016 and found that larger hospitals and hospitals that have a major teaching mission have a higher risk of data breaches.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Hospitals, especially large teaching hospitals, should recognize their relative high risk of data breaches and continuously apply best data security practices and mitigate the risk.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Future research should attempt to identify evidence-based effective data security practices.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: A trade-off exists between data access and data security. Broad access to health information is essential for quality improvement, medical research, and education. While the risk of data breaches can be managed and mitigated, it would be extremely challenging for large teaching hospitals to achieve “zero breach”.
MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.
Bai G, Jiang J(, Flasher R. Hospital Risk of Data Breaches. JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 03, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0336
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