Veterans sue over medical record data breach | On Call

May 9, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

A pair of U.S. veterans filed a lawsuit against a VA medical center over a data breach that may have exposed more than 7,000 patient records.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A duo of U.S. veterans filed a lawsuit against the Veterans Administration this month after a South Carolina medical center reported a missing laptop with records on more than 7,000 patients.

Earlier this year the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Colombia reported a laptop missing from a testing lap in the center's respiratory therapy department, warning that the theft may have exposed patients' names, birth dates, and the last 4 digits of their social security numbers, among other information.

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Richard Beck and Lakreshia Jeffery filed a lawsuit against the VA, complaining that the breach put veterans at risk of identity theft and insurance fraud, iHealthBeat reported.

The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, alleging that the VA failed to take appropriate measures to protect confidential data, even after a 2006 breach that exposed more than 17 million patients.