Dorn V-A Medical Center and officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are facing a federal class action lawsuit following the disappearance of a laptop computer containing patient information.
The Mike Kelly Law Group of Columbia has filed the legal action on behalf of two Richland County residents, Richard Beck and Lakreshia Jeffrey, whose personal info was on that computer.
Dorn hospital officials have been notifying more than 7,400 veterans that their data may be compromised after the laptop was noted missing on February 11th from a locked testing lab.
The computer, used in pulmonary function testing, contained patient data such as name, partial Social Security number, age, weight, race and test results dating back to 2006.
The lawsuit says the information was not encrypted despite federal laws requiring such security, and contends V-A officials showed “reckless disregard” for the plaintiffs' privacy.
Attorneys point to an instance back in 2006 when the personal information of 26-million veterans was compromised after another laptop disappeared, and say V-A officials at that time promised to take action to ensure personal patient data would be better safeguarded.
Dorn has offered one year of free credit monitoring to those veterans whose information was on the missing computer.