Opko Health says over 400,000 customers likely affected by data breach

08 June, 2019, 02:40 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • The AMCA breach may have exposed the financial and medical data of more than 20 million patients

Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, New Jersey Democrats, wrote the head of the American Medical Collection Agency in light of details emerging this week about a months-long data breach that compromised the personal information of approximately 12 million patients of Quest Diagnostics, a Seacucus-based blood testing provider that disclosed the incident in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing entered Monday.

The SEC filing also said that in response to the incident Quest Diagnostics has suspended sending collection requests to AMCA, provided notifications to affected health plans and will ensure that notification is provided to regulators and others as required by federal and state law; and been working and will continue to work diligently, along with Optum360, AMCA and outside security experts, to investigate the AMCA data security incident and its potential impact on Quest Diagnostics and its patients.

Earlier this week it was announced that 11.9 million customers of diagnostic services giant Quest Diagnostics Incorporated were affected by the breach.

In these two breaches alone, roughly 19 million of their customers having been impacted by unauthorized access to the companies' data stored on AMCA's systems.

AMCA believes the breach included patients' personal information, such as financial data, Social Security numbers and medical information, but not lab test results.

No social security numbers, bank account passwords or security questions were compromised in the data breach, which happened between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.

Nevertheless, AMCA also stated that another portion of data that was provided by consumers included bank account information, credit card information, and email addresses.

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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.

The growing theft of health care data is drawing scrutiny from key members of Congress.

Mr. Booker and Mr. Menendez sent a similar letter Wednesday to Stephen Rusckowski, Quest's chairman and president, as did Sen.

Warner, a leading cybersecurity advocate in Congress, said in the letter to Quest CEO Stephen Rusckowski that he was concerned about Quest's supply chain management and third-party selection and monitoring process.

In a letter (PDF) to Sandra D. van der Vaart, senior vice president and global general counsel for LabCorp, Menendez and Booker noted this isn't the first time the company has come under scrutiny due to information security concerns.

To see tips from the Better Business Bureau on how to protect your information, visit their website.

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