June 17, 2019

Opko Health alerts 422,600 patients of data breach

08 June 2019, 02:44 | Silvia Roy

The AMCA breach may have exposed the financial and medical data of more than 20 million patients

The AMCA breach may have exposed the financial and medical data of more than 20 million patients

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

LabCorp said it had been affected by the same third-party data breach that affected Quest Diagnostics.

On Monday, 7th of June, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) informed Opko Health, one of the largest health organizations in the word, of its payment site compromise that affected 422,600 customers. AMCA has not yet provided BioReference a list of the affected patients or more specific information about them, Bioreference said.

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This new breach notification follows previous breach reports received by diagnostic services provider Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) from AMCA. Quest said that AMCA's payment system was compromised on August 1, 2018 and remained vulnerable through March 30.

AMCA advised that AMCA's affected system includes information provided by BioReference that may have included patient name, date of birth, address, phone, date of service, provider, and balance information. 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.

BioReference, a blood testing lab firm with approximately 40 Florida locations, said in a government filing Thursday that some patients' information may have been hacked in a third-party data breach.

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In a similar recent incident, a data breach at Inmediata Health Group, a healthcare billing and administrative service provider, exposed the personal and medical data of MI residents.

BioReference Laboratories, a unit within Opko Health, has suspended collection requests to AMCA since October 2018 and has asked AMCA to stop processing any pending collection requests, reports Reuters.

AMCA is investigating the incident, has notified law enforcement and is providing 24 months of free credit monitoring to affected patients, the collection agency said when reached for comment. The center clarified that there was no discovery of any misuse of the exposed data.

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