SPOTLIGHT: Laptops stolen from Veterans Affairs, N.M., Medicaid contractors were unencrypted

Two recently disclosed potential breaches of health data in government health programs, potentially impacting more than 10,000 patients, were the result of stolen, unencrypted laptops belonging to contractors. The Department of Veterans Affairs said that a laptop stolen from an unspecified contractor's car April 22 contained unencrypted, personally identifiable information of about 644 veterans. And New Mexico's Health and Human Services Department reported last week that an employee of West Monroe Partners, a subcontractor that processes dental claims for Medicaid enrollees, had an unencrypted computer in the trunk of a car stolen in Chicago March 20. That computer may have contained data on 9,600 beneficiaries. FierceMobileHealthcare