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VA Facility Lacking Security Risk Assessment, Security Controls

February 13, 2018 - The Veterans Services Adaptable Network (VSAN) at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) was not fully coordinated with the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T), which included not having a security risk assessment, according to a VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Along with investigating potential security concerns, OIG reviewed project funding to...


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VA Feb. PHI Data Breach Report Shows Increase in Incidents

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that more veterans were potentially affected by health data breaches compared to the previous month, according to its February report to Congress. The report states that 817 veterans were...

Slight PHI Data Breach Decrease in January VA Report

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) showed a negligible decrease in PHI data breaches in its January report to Congress. Specifically, out of the 568 total veterans affected by an incident, 236 were in relation to PHI incidents,...

VA Reports PHI Healthcare Data Breaches Up 36% in November

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) experienced approximately a 36 percent increase in PHI healthcare data breach incidents during the month of November, according to the agency’s most recent report to Congress. Although the VA...

October VA Report Shows Improvement in PHI Data Breaches

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a significant improvement in health data breaches for the month of October. The agency’s monthly report to Congress shows a 50 percent decrease in PHI-related incidents compared to the...

VA Patient Privacy Violations Found, Says OIG Report

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent VA Office of Inspector General investigation (OIG) found data sharing and patient privacy violations at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (PAHCS). OIG first heard of allegations that PAHCS had entered into an illegal agreement...

VA Reports Decrease in July PHI Data Breach Notifications

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported a 6.7 percent decrease in PHI related incidents for July, along with an overall decrease in the number of veterans potentially affected by a data security incident. In its July report to...

VA Possibly Vulnerable to Data Breach Through Social App

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was found to be potentially vulnerable to a possible data breach through employees’ use of a social media application, according to a recent report from the VA Office of Inspector General...

VA Q2 Report Shows Increase in Data Breach Notification

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) released its Q2 report to Congress and is seeing a 12.2 percent increase in the number of data breach notification letters being sent out to veterans. In the Q2 report, the VA reported a...

VA Sees 51% Decrease in PHI Incidents for May

by Elizabeth Snell

After a less than ideal April in terms of PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that it had a 51 percent decrease in that type of data breach in May. The VA’s May report sent to Congress showed that PHI...

VA PHI Incidents Increase 178% in April

by Elizabeth Snell

After a positive few months that showed a decrease in PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) saw a drastic uptick in reported data security events, according to its latest report to Congress. In March, the VA stated that...

Health Data Security Top Issue for VA CIO Nominee

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data security issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the top issues that one of the VA chief information officer nominees hopes to tackle should she be appointed to the vacant position. That topic, along with...

PHI Incidents Decrease 65% in March for VA

by Elizabeth Snell

The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by approximately 65 percent in March, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) latest report to Congress. In February, the VA reported that of the 891 veterans affected...

PHI Incidents Decrease 34 Percent in January for VA

by Elizabeth Snell

The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by 34 percent from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the latest report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s most recent data report sent to Congress...

VA Data Breach Notification Letters Decrease in 2015 Q1

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is potentially on a more positive track for 2015 when it comes to keeping veterans’ protected health information (PHI) safe, as fewer VA data breach notification letters were sent out over the last...

Cybersecurity Measures, VA Healthcare on GAO High-Risk List

by Elizabeth Snell

Improved cybersecurity measures, particularly how private and government entities collect and process personally identifiable information (PII), is one area that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wants to expand upon as it’s...

South Texas VA Reports Printing Error Patient Data Breach

by Patrick Ouellette

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio has alerted 4,000 veterans that their personal data had been exposed as a result of a printing error. According to ksat.com, South Texas Veterans Health Care tried to send...

VA launches patient identity theft awareness campaign

by Patrick Ouellette

In an effort to reduce veteran identity theft while spreading awareness on prevention methods, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created a new campaign that will aim to educate veterans on how to avoid identity theft. Starting with...

VA accused of using HIPAA to block waiting list disclosures

by Patrick Ouellette

Are there instances where federal privacy laws are misused and actually end up being detrimental to the patient? According to a recent Washington Post report, some believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using HIPAA as a...

State VA clinics dealing with patient privacy issues

by Patrick Ouellette

On top of myriad public image issues it’s dealing with, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is currently resolving two different patient privacy breaches in Minneapolis and Baltimore, respectively. First, the recently-opened...

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