The department is urging all Alaskans who have provided data to the department to act to protect themselves from identity theft.
Federal privacy law gives patients the last say on what will and won’t be disclosed.
Deceased veterans’ documents were sent to the wrong widows. VA workers snooped on patients who had committed suicide. And whistleblowers contend the VA violated their medical privacy.
The settlement stems from an October 2009 incident in which a portable hard drive – possibly containing medical information for up to 2,000 Alaskans – was stolen from the personal vehicle of a Department of Health and Social Services employee.