VA Issues Framework on Data Usage, Privacy; Richard Stone Quoted

VA Issues Framework on Data Usage, Privacy; Richard Stone Quoted
Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released an online document that discusses how VA employees, partners, stakeholders and veteran users can access their information.

Devised by the Data Ethics Work Group, the Ethics Principles for Access to and Use of Veteran Data contains nine principles that support the department's standards on information security and privacy, VA said Monday.

Richard Stone, acting undersecretary for health at VA, said the framework aims to establish a group of standards for its partners through a proactive approach in data privacy and management.

"VA is applying this framework to all data interoperability initiatives, including those tied to our COVID-19 response and modernization efforts."

VA aims to incorporate the framework's principles into a set of policies, directives and requirements meant to be published the following year.

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