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Employee Email Warnings Reduce EHR Snooping, Unauthorized PHI Access

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Only 2 percent of healthcare employees who received an email warning after committing unauthorized protected health information (PHI) access carried out the same offense again, a research letter published in JAMA Network Open found.

Researchers flagged all unauthorized access to patient medical records at a large academic medical center from January 1 to July 31, 2018. Within that time, 444 employees viewed the patient medical records despite not being part of the patient’s care team.

To test the impact of an email warning, researchers...

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