Health Care

Data for 12 million Quest patients may have been exposed

Quest has since suspended sending collection requests to AMCA.

Almost 12 million patients of New Jersey-based clinical laboratory Quest Diagnostics might have had medical financial, medical and personal information stolen as a result of a data breach, the company said Monday.

The breach incurred through the American Medical Collection Agency, a third-party vendor that provides billing collections services for the company.

AMCA first notified Quest of potential unauthorized activity May 14, according to the release.

In that time, credit card numbers, bank account information, medical information and other personal data of 11.9 million people was potentially exposed.

"Quest Diagnostics takes this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of patients' personal, medical and financial information", Quest representatives said in its filing.

The firm said it did not yet have sufficiently "detailed or complete" information from AMCA, a billing collections vendor, to report to regulators. The company said laboratory test results weren't affected by the breach.

AMCA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Quest will be working with Optum360 to ensure that Quest patients are appropriately notified of the possible breach.

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