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Patients’ medical records under threat from data breaches information included patients’ names, home addresses, ages, illnesses, test results or Social Security numbers. Most involved electronic data and theft, including stolen laptops and computer thumb drives. The study didn’t examine motives behind criminal breaches, or how stolen data might have been used, but cyber-security experts say thieves may try to use patients’ personal information to fraudulently obtain medical services. Cases that didn’t involve malicious intent included private health information being inadvertently mailed to the wrong patient.
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