FL: I-Team: Tampa VA lost private medical photos of breast cancer patients
The I-Team has uncovered hundreds of thousands dollars’ worth of expensive equipment and property at VA hospitals in Tampa and Bay Pines has been lost or stolen in the last two years.
The list includes televisions, lap tops computers, and microscopes. But the most serious loss was not the most expensive item.
A camera, used to photograph women before and after surgery for breast cancer, was discovered missing from a clinic at the James A. Haley VA Hospital last November.
“The photos in question,” an investigative report obtained by the I-Team reads, “may potentially be graphic and personal in nature.”
But pictures are not the only personal information involved. The I-Team also reports:
The camera disappeared from the Plastic Surgery Clinic. The VA’s reports says it also contained “The social security information from the patients” whose photos were on it.[…]
The VA won’t say much about the incident except the lost camera was never recovered and as for the physician responsible for it, “Appropriate action was taken.”
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The same VA hospital recently got negative press after patient data was found in the possession of criminals and the V.A. seemingly did not know that the data had been stolen or how it had been stolen.