Equipment losses still plague VA: GAO report

Pop chanteuse Joni Mitchell famously sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone,” but at the Veterans Affairs Department–according to the Government Accountability Office and at least one hospital security expert–even after it’s gone, many healthcare organizations don’t always know what they’ve lost.

Late last month, the GAO released a report saying the VA has made “significant progress” toward tightening up controls over its inventory of information technology equipment.

It was the second report on IT inventory security at the VA by the congressional watchdog agency since a laptop computer with 26 million patient records on its hard drive was stolen two years ago from a VA employee, making the VA the poster child for data security breaches in the healthcare industry.

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