Press Release: Potential Breach of Privacy - VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
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Press Release: Potential Breach of Privacy

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Official Press Release

By Glenna Smith, PAO
Thursday, May 21, 2020
VASNHCS notifies Veteran patients of potential breach of privacy

RENO, NV – VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) takes the privacy of its Veterans very seriously. For that reason, we are taking proactive steps to notify our Veteran patients of a potential breach of privacy.

In January 2020, a vacated office at the medical center was found to contain several file boxes of Veteran records. The files contained patient identifying information and/or protected health information of 680 Veterans. Although we have no reason to believe the information was inappropriately viewed, we have notified the Veterans and/or their next-of-kin whose information may have been impacted and provided steps they may take to protect themselves against identity theft.

For questions about the privacy of patient information, Veterans who receive their care at the VASNHCS can contact Jennie Betts, VASNHCS Privacy Officer, at (775) 328-1473 or (775) 786-7200, ext. 1473, or Toll Free at (888) 838-6256.

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