Sunday, 16 June, 2019

LabCorp reveals data breach affecting 200,000 days after Quest Diagnostic news

LabCorp Quest Diagnostics says nearly 12 million patients could be affected by data breach
Samantha Long | 08 June, 2019, 19:43

According to the company, the breach of billing collection agency American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) also hit them between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019. LabCorp revealed on Tuesday that 7.7 million patients' accounts at AMCA were stored in the vulnerable computer system and may also have been exposed. AMCA offers billing services for Optum360, a Quest contractor.

Also, a recent research report revealed that health care organizations suffered the highest number of data breaches in 2018 across any sector of the USA economy.

"Given the deluge in recent years of data breaches exposing personal, medical and financial information, every American should assume the security of that information has been compromised", said Rob Douglas, national identity theft and fraud expert. Social Security numbers and credit card information have also been compromised in certain cases.

- Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation's biggest clinical laboratories, warned that almost 12 million patients might be affected by a data breach that happened to a collections agency the clinic uses.

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Opko Health said it has not yet received the list of affected customers and had not been able to verify the accuracy of the information received from AMCA.

Warner said he wanted more information about the company's vendor selection and due diligence process, sub-supplier monitoring, vendor evaluation policies and what it plans to do about its other vendors.

AMCA did not provide Quest with detailed or complete information on the breach, including who may have been affected, according to Quest. "As recently as June 2018 your company faced a lawsuit charging LabCorp with a HIPAA violation for failing to provide adequate privacy protections at its Providence Hospital computer intake station", the Senators wrote. The AMCA also told Quest and Optum that it has been in contact with law enforcement about the incident.

"We must ensure that entities with access to patients' personal, medical and financial information understand their heightened duty to protect both the patient and their sensitive information, and that your company is taking both immediate and long-term steps to mitigate any harm", they added.

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