Quest Diagnostics patients may have been exposed to a massive, nationwide data breach. Because of that, Quest said it has not been able to specifically determine which patients' records have been compromised. In 2016, hackers breached the company's network and made away with information belonging to 34,00 people, including sensitive records such as lab results and dates of birth. Combine those with telephone numbers, email addresses, bank-account numbers and credit-card numbers, and you've got a flawless story of opportunity for crooks, phishers and scammers. The AMCA also told Quest and Optum that it has been in contact with law enforcement about the incident.
Quest has several labs in Whatcom County after purchasing eight patient service centers from PeaceHealth in May 2017.
Quest is one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country.
The billing collections service provider is now taking steps to address the situation and mitigate damage, while informing clientele of the incident, including Quest Diagnostics, a blood testing company which, along with one of its contractors, Optum360, utilizes AMCA's billing collection services.More news: Eid-el-Fitr: Bauchi Gov preaches peace, tolerance, cautions motorists on overspeeding
Quest said its vendor has not yet provided it with detailed or complete information about the incident.
"LabCorp takes data security very seriously, including the security of data handled by vendors", the company said Tuesday.
They attempted to notify AMCA and, having received no response, they contacted United States federal law enforcement.More news: General Motors set to test airless, puncture-proof tires on MI roads
The medical testing company says forensic experts are investigating the matter.
The breach is not the first time Quest patients' data has been stolen. The company only learned how many customers were potentially affected last week.
My guess is we will soon hear about many other companies and millions more consumers impacted by this breach at the AMCA.
The company has also alerted the health plans affected by this breach.More news: Sudan protesters reject military election plan after crackdown