Portland VA hospital mistakenly posts vets' personal data online


Michael Milstein reports:

Personal information, including some Social Security numbers, of about 1,600 patients at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland was inadvertently posted on a public Web site, Portland VA officials said Saturday.

The breach also involved patient information from other VA hospitals around the country, but Portland VA spokesman Mike McAleer did not know how many patients were affected nationally.

The affected Portland patients had stayed in local lodging at the VA’s expense while undergoing treatment at the Portland VA Medical Center, McAleer said. Most were from Oregon.


The disclosure did not include Social Security numbers of all 1,600 patients, McAleer said. In some cases, only patient names or partial names were posted online. He did not have a breakdown of how many Social Security numbers were released.

No medical information was disclosed, he said.

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