'Another major data breach has once again demonstrated that the widespread adoption of digital records storage systems has made patient privacy more vulnerable than ever before.
This time it involves patients who have gotten blood tests through Quest Diagnostics, where nearly 12 million patient records were recently hacked, according to reports.
One of the nation’s largest providers of blood tests, Quest Diagnostics says that both financial and medical information may have been breached in the hack, which the company is blaming on “an issue” with one of its vendors.
A filing with securities regulators reveals that, between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019, someone gained unauthorized access to the computer systems of AMCA, a billing collections vendor contracted by Quest.
In the filing, Quest admitted that the affected information in AMCA’s systems includes “financial information (eg, credit card numbers and bank account information), medical information and other personal information (eg, Social Security Numbers).”
What was not affected, according to Quest, were patient lab results, which the company claims are not stored or accessed by AMCA.
As of May 31, 2019, the data of some 11.9 million Quest patients has reportedly been affected, though Quest claims that it has yet to receive “detailed or complete” information about the full extent of the damage that has been done.
“Quest Diagnostics takes this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of patients’ personal, medical and financial information,” reads more of the Quest filing with securities regulators.'
Read more: Electronic medical records fail again, as 12 million patient records at Quest Diagnostics get hacked
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