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6 in 10 Health Data Breaches Due to ‘Criminal Activity’
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Theft, illegal hacking, and other breaches of protected health information have compromised 29 million medical records in 949 incidents between 2010 and 2013, spelling out a crying need for better data security, according to a report published in JAMA Tuesday.

“Most data breaches resulted from overt criminal activity,” says the report, written by Vincent Liu, MD, of Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, Mark Musen, MD, of Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, and Timothy Chou of Stanford’s Department of Computer Science.