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Opko Health Inc. Comes Up As The Latest Prey To AMCA Data Breach

by Abeerah Hashim
Vulnerabilities in Philips EMR solution

After Quest and LabCorp, another victim healthcare service confesses security incident as a result of AMCA data breach. As informed by the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), the affected Opko Health customers include more then 400,000 individuals.

Opko Health Inc. Confirmed Security Breach

As disclosed recently, Opko Health Inc. has confirmed a security breach impacting numerous customers. In a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it surfaced online that the firm also suffered impact during the AMCA data breach.

On or around June 3, 2019, BioReference Laboratories, Inc. (“BioReference”), a subsidiary of OPKO Health Inc. (the “Company”), was notified by Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc. d/b/a American Medical Collection Agency (“AMCA”) about unauthorized activity on AMCA’s web payment page (the “AMCA Incident”).

Allegedly, AMCA confirmed BioReference Lab. Inc. that the breach affected 422,600 patients of the firm. Whereas, the breached information includes personal as well as some payment data of the patients as provided by BioReference. Specifically, it included patients’ names, birth dates, contact numbers, email addresses, date of service, provider, balance details, credit card data, and bank account details. Nonetheless, no Social Security numbers suffered impact during the breach. Moreover, since BioReference did not share patients’ diagnostic data or lab results, such information also remained unaffected.

As revealed, AMCA is notifying some 6000+ patients about the incident.

AMCA advised BioReference that it is sending notices to approximately 6,600 patients for whom BioReference performed laboratory testing and whose credit card or bank account information was stored in AMCA’s affected system.

Besides, it is also offering them credit card monitoring and identity protection services.

Third Victim To AMCA Data Breach

While AMCA continues with the investigations, BioReference has halted sending collection requests to it. With this report, the firm comes up as the third major victim of the security incident that targeted the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). While we already hinted about receiving more reports, it now seems the trail has begun.

We shall keep our readers updated as we hear more.

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