AMCA data breach potentially hits an additional 7.7M LabCorp customers

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 8, 2019

Opko Health is the third healthcare company to learn its patients were affected in the American Medical Collection Agency data breach, according to Reuters. As it turns out, over 400,000 consumers of medical diagnostics company OPKO Health were also impacted, bringing the total number of victims to 20.1 million.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, LabCorp revealed that the stolen data includes a patient's name, date of birth, address, phone number, date of service, provider, and balance information.

"AMCA's affected system also included credit card or bank account information that was provided by the consumer to AMCA (for those who sought to pay their balance)".

The data breach is estimated to have affected about 11.9 million customers of Quest Diagnostics and about 7.7 million of LabCorp.

Quest Diagnostics and Optum 360 requested information from AMCA about the breach, but AMCA has yet to provide complete, detailed information about the incident to them, the SEC report also said.

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

This is not Quest's first brush with data security issues.

AMCA spokesperson Jennifer Kain stated through crisis communications firm Brunswick Group, that the company was "investigating" the breach.

"While I am heartened to learn that no evidence now suggests Quest Diagnostic's systems were breached, I am concerned about your supply chain management and your third-party selection and monitoring process", Mr. Warner wrote.

"Incidents such as with Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp should act as a warning to every company - now more than ever, systems should be built secure by design, with a rigorous system of protection and prevention that is regularly tested in place". Besides, patients whose information has been exposed are at risk of identity theft, low credit reports, and might jeopardize their financial future.

In July 2018, just one month before the AMCA breach began, LabCorp's IT network was compromised, they said.

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