Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Over 14,000 VA HIPAA Privacy Breaches

An investigation has uncovered over 14,215 HIPAA privacy breaches at the Veterans Administration (VA) by employees and contractors between 2010 and May 31, 2013.

The breaches, which affected veterans and VA employees, included stealing veterans' identities from electronic health and financial records to make fraudulent credit cards. As Deven McGraw, Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology Health Privacy Project noted "Protecting the privacy of every American is important, but you would think that we would be very careful when it came to our veterans. They sure earned it."

"It's hard to argue against the notion that VA holds the dubious distinction of being the largest violator of the nation's health privacy laws."
- Deven McGraw, Director, Center for Democracy and Technology Health Privacy Project
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Sources:
(a) Investigation Finds Thousands of HIPAA Privacy Breaches at VA - www.iHealthBeat.org, 10/15/2013

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