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VA Improves Security, Other Breaches Persist

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 8, 2012

GovernmentHealthIT reports on improvements in data protection at the Veterans Affairs Department due to the use of encryption. The department now encrypts all of its information operations laptops following a 2006 data breach involving the theft of a laptop containing data on millions of veterans. Additionally, the department’s chief information officer now oversees its IT operations, and privacy and security policies and procedures as well as employee training have been put in place. Meanwhile, COMPUTERWORLD reports that in the last three years, about 21 million patients’ medical records have been exposed in data security breaches large enough to require reporting to the federal government.
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