Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories Alerts 114,000 Customers Of Data Breach

Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories has started to notify 114,985 patients that some of their protected health information (PHI) was compromised in the American Medical Collection Agency’s (AMCA) breach from earlier this year. Data affected includes names, dates of birth, dates of service, names of lab or medical service providers, referring physicians’ names, balance owed and “other” medical information. Also, a few individuals may have had their financial information exposed.  AMCA has already filed for Chapter 11 protection after it was reported that the breach affected Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp and BioReference.


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Anurag Kahol, CTO ,  Bitglass
August 29, 2019
To effectively protect data, companies must have visibility, control, and an accurate inventory of all of their data.
Healthcare organizations remain a top target for hackers, as exemplified by the American Medical Collection Agency’s (AMCA) data breach. In fact, there were reportedly 363 breaches affecting healthcare organizations in 2018 that compromised over 9.9 million records; an approximately 86.7% increase in exposed records from healthcare organizations compared to 2017. Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratorie ....
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Jonathan Bensen, CISO,  Balbix
August 29, 2019
With the impending enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in January 2020.
Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories joins Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, Clinical Pathology Associates and other healthcare organizations to be affected by the American Medical Collection Agency’s (AMCA) data breach from earlier this year. Healthcare organizations that collect, store and manage patients’ protected health information (PHI) have an obligation to ensure the integrity of that data and ....
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Chris DeRamus , Co-founder & CTO,  DivvyCloud
August 29, 2019
We have already seen companies fined by the FTC for failing to maintain the integrity of their customers’ data.
Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories joins a growing list of healthcare providers to be affected by the American Medical Collection Agency’s (AMCA) breach that was discovered earlier this year. Protected Health Information (PHI) is a tempting target for cybercriminals as it has a much longer shelf life compared to credit card information, and it can be used to commit multiple types of fraud or ide ....
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Ben Goodman, Senior Vice President, Global Business and Corporate Development,  ForgeRock
August 29, 2019
Hospitals and healthcare providers are prime targets for threat actors as patients’ protected health information (PHI).
According to research from the Identity Theft and Resource Center, the healthcare industry was victimized by 363 total breaches in 2018, and as a result, nearly 10 million total records were exposed. Hospitals and healthcare providers are prime targets for threat actors as patients’ protected health information (PHI) can easily be sold on the dark web and used to commit fraud, access medical car ....
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