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Question: Which of the following are common causes of breaches?

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  1.  Human error (e.g. misdirected communication containing PHI or PII)
  2.  Lost or stolen electronic media devices or paper records containing PHI or PII
  3.  Theft and intentional unauthorized access to PHI and personally identifiable information (PII)
  4.  All of the above

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4. All of the above

Common causes of breaches are:

  •  Human error (e.g. misdirected communication containing PHI or PII)
  •  Lost or stolen electronic media devices or paper records containing PHI or PII
  •  Theft and intentional unauthorized access to PHI and personally identifiable information (PII)
Theft is overwhelmingly the leading cause accounting for 54% of breaches, followed by loss or stolen media devices.

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