Investigation Finds Thousands of HIPAA Privacy Breaches at Department of Veterans Affairs Since 2010
From 2010 through May 31, Department of Veterans Affairs employees or contractors were responsible for 14,215 HIPAA privacy breaches, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation. The two-month investigation found that the breaches affected 101,018 veterans and 551 VA employees. In a statement, VA spokesperson Genevieve Billia said the agency takes privacy breaches "very seriously and has established strict guidelines that go beyond what is required by law."
- "Privacy Breaches in VA Health Records Wound Veterans" (Prine, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/12).
- "VA Remains One of Top Privacy Offenders" (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 10/14).