Mon., March 15, 2010 5:13pm (EDT)

VA Reports Alleged Records Breach
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Federal officials are investigating how veterans' private medical records allegedly ended up on a personal laptop.  (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department Affairs)
Federal officials are investigating how veterans' private medical records allegedly ended up on a personal laptop. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department Affairs)
Federal officials are trying to determine how much private information about veterans' medical records ended up on the personal laptop of a former physician's assistant.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General has opened a criminal investigation into the matter, which happened at a VA Medical Center clinic in Atlanta.

A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the assistant allegedly told another VA employee she was using the information -- clinical data about the veterans -- for an unauthorized research project.

"The results of the investigation and analysis will help determine whether to send notifications and offers of credit protection services to the affected veterans," says a written statement from the VA.