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DoD IG finds massive security flaws in Army, Navy EHR and handling of patient data

A recent US Department of Defense Office of Inspector General report found serious vulnerabilities in the electronic health record and security systems at the Defense Health Agency, Navy hospitals, and Air Force hospitals and clinics. The report states that these vulnerabilities, ranging from password configurations to user access, may have violated HIPAA and could result in millions of dollars in fines. The report also found that network administrators often failed to address these vulnerabilities. Recommendations have been made to address these flaws, including automatically locking systems after 15 minutes of inactivity.

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