August 12, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Add eight more laboratories to the list of lab companies whose patient data were breached when the American Medical Collection Agency was hacked. According to HealthITSecurity, in recent weeks, these labs reported breaches of their patient records:

  • Natera
  • American Esoteric Labs
  • CBLPath
  • South Texas Dermatopathology
  • Seacoast Pathology
  • Arizona Dermatopathology
  • Laboratory of Dermatopathology ADX

MORE ON: Patient Data Breach

It was national news in June when Bio-Reference Laboratories, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, and Sonic Healthcare reported that hacks at the American Medical Collection Agency had exposed their patients’ personal health information. Those data breaches involved more than 20 million patients. Federal law requires providers to publicly disclose breaches of personal health information (PHI).


One of the nation’s oldest, independent regional laboratory organizations has been sold. In Indiana, South Bend Medical Foundation (SBMF) agreed to sell its clinical laboratory operations to LabCorp. The deal was made public on July 30 and the sale is expected to close in September. No purchase price was disclosed. SBMF will keep its pathology and blood banking services. The laboratory was founded in 1910 and was organized as a not-for-profit entity.


  • OncoCell MDx of Royal Oak, Mich., announced that Christopher Thibodeau is its new Chief Operating Officer. Thibodeau formerly worked at MDxHealth, Agendia, Numira Biosciences, US Labs, and Ventana Medical Systems.
  • Health Network Laboratories of Allentown, Pa., appointed Xinjing Wang, PhD, as its new Director of Clinical Genomics. Wang previously held positions at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, National Eye Institute/NIH, University of Minnesota, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • Roche Holding AG, of Basel, Switzerland, promoted Thomas Schinecker to CEO of Roche Diagnostics and made him a member of the firm’s corporate executive committee. Schinecker has been with Roche since 2003.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

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