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European Lab’s Data Breach Has Lessons for U.S. Clinical Labs

IN WHAT COULD BE A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR CLINICAL LABORATORIES, a cybersecurity researcher has reported the discovery of a medical laboratory database that publicly exposed COVID-19 test records containing people’s personal data, including their names, passport numbers, appointment details, and test …

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February 5, 2024, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In Australia last December, a clinical lab company was taken to court by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), which deals with privacy issues. The government agency alleges that Australian Clinical Labs (ACL) had “serious and systemic” fa…

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September Saw 153% Increase in Ransomware Attacks

CEO SUMMARY: Most ransomware attacks don’t generate news stories because the victimized organizations don’t want other threat actors to learn if they paid a ransom to regain access to their information systems. Experts point out that more cyberattacks are happening and that the attack…

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Lab News Briefs: Joint Commission, Bon Secours, Anthem, Walmart

Joint Commission Looks at Cyberattacks The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert for hospitals to address cyberattacks. The alert pr…

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Cyberattack Victims Sue Enzo Biochem and Labcorp

CEO SUMMARY: It’s the latest reminder that clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are at risk for two threats. One threat is a cyberattack that shuts down a lab’s IT system while stealing patient data. The other threat involves lawsui…

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February 13, 2023, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Laboratory leaders should prepare now for the end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) for SARS-CoV-2. The White House announced the PHE would cease on May 11. One big change is that patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance may pay higher costs for COVID-19 t…

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