Network security breach with Milwaukee VA affiliate - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


Network security breach with Milwaukee VA affiliate

September 1, 2016

On August 22, 2016, Medical College of Wisconsin notified Milwaukee VA Medical Center of an incident compromising an MCW employee's email address and, subsequently, private and protected health information of 21 veterans.  

On Aug. 29, 2016, Milwaukee VA notified 19 of the 21 veterans of a breach of personal and protected health information by sending a letter depicting the event and providing resources to protect and monitor each veteran's private and protected health information.

Milwaukee VA shares health information with MCW as an academic affiliate. This breach of security of veteran health information is serious and Milwaukee VA is here to protect and provide world-class healthcare to our former service men and women. If any event negatively affects our veterans, VA will do everything in our power to correct and prevent these types of events. It is our honor to serve those who serve us and Milwaukee VA will always ensure the care they deserve.

As of today, no reports from veterans were made regarding malicious activity stemming from this information.

Attached is the letter sent to veterans.

For veterans concerns related to privacy of protected health information please call 414-384-2000, ext. 42140.

For more information regarding this incident, please contact the MCW call center at 844-801-5966, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.

For all other information on this release, please contact Benjamin Slane at 414-239-1685 or