February 17, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

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Last month, Tech-Crunch reported  that a data breach at Laboratory Corporation of America had exposed the protected health information (PHI) of thousands of patients. TechCrunch published its findings on Jan. 28, 2020. It wrote, “This latest security lapse was caused by a vulnerability on a part of LabCorp’s website, understood to host the company’s internal customer relationship management system.” TechCrunch is an online publisher focusing on the tech industry.

In its story about the breach, TechCrunch said “Of the handful of files we examined to understand what kind of data was exposed, the documents largely appeared to affect cancer patients under the laboratory’s Integrated Oncology specialty testing unit. The documents contained names, dates of birth and, in some cases, Social Security numbers of patients. The documents also contained lab test results and diagnostic data, a class of data considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). A couple of the documents we reviewed contained a footer notice, which said: ‘This document contains private and confidential health information protected under state  and federal law.’” TechCrunch did report that the source of  the breach had been closed, writing that “The vulnerability was found in-house at Tech-Crunch and was reported to LabCorp, which later pulled the server offline. Although the web address remains in Google’s search results, the link is now dead. ‘I can confirm that we have terminated access to the system,’ stated LabCorp spokesperson Donald Von Hogan … [who] said in a call that the company would not confirm the documents found on the exposed server ‘are in fact LabCorp information.’”


  • Personal Genome Diagnostics of Baltimore, MD, promoted Megan Bailey to the position of Chief Commercial Officer. Bailey held prior positions at Roche Diagnostics and Ventana Medical Systems.
  • Interpace Biosciences of Chevy Chase, , announced the selection of Jeff Salzman as its new Vice President, Managed Care and Payer Relations. He formerly worked at CareDx, Transplant Genomics, diaDexus, Vermillion, Monogram Biosciences, Quest Diagnostics, Becton Dickinson, Prudential Healthcare, and Humana.


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…the move to put CLIA-waived point-of-care testing into pharmacies. Texas-based eTrueNorth is partnering with Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, and other retailers to offer their employees CLIA-waived point-of-care testing, preventive health services, wellness screenings, and other lab testing services through its eLabNetwork chain of retail pharmacies.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, March 9, 2020.

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