VA investigating security breach of veterans’ medical data

The Veterans Affairs Department’s inspector general has launched a criminal investigation into a physician assistant’s alleged downloading of veterans’ clinical data at its Atlanta medical center, sources have told Nextgov…

…The breach illustrates the need for patients, not clinicians, to control their medical records, said Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of Patient Privacy Rights, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, that works to ensure medical information remains restricted. She said control should include a requirement to obtain a patient’s consent to send clinical information to another doctor or to use it for research. Peel added electronic consent software currently exists to automate the process.

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