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Focus on impact, not size, of health data breaches, researchers say

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine claiming that larger health care facilities have an increased data breach risk "neglects inherent biases in data collection and reporting practices," Vanderbilt University researchers wrote in a letter to the editor in the same journal. Researchers noted that treating data breaches based on their size rather than on their impact could negatively affect perceived privacy and security risks, and they raised concerns about the gap between detected and unreported breaches.

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