PHI of 1,002 Lebanon VA Medical Center Patients Exposed in Email Error

HIPAA Journal reports:

Lebanon VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania has discovered the protected health information of hundreds of elderly patients has been impermissibly disclosed to a family member of a veteran.

In November 2018, a member of staff at Lebanon VA Medical Center emailed a document to a family member of a veteran who was searching for nursing home facilities. The list should have contained nursing home facilities that work with the Department of Veteran Affairs; however, a historical list of residents of nursing homes was sent in error.

The list contained veterans’ names, abbreviated Social Security numbers, the nursing home where the veteran had been admitted, diagnoses, and service-connection disability rating percentages.

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