SSM Health Care hit with investigations, litigation over wrong-site brain surgery; VA medical center faces lawsuit after data breach;

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> The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA medical Center in Columbia, S.C., faces a federal lawsuit following a breach that impacted more than 7,400 veterans, The State reports. On Feb. 11, a laptop containing personal information--including names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers--was stolen from the facility. Article

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