July 22, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Another clinical laboratory company disclosed a major breach of its patients’ protected health information (PHI). On July 15, Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), a division of Sonic Healthcare, issued a press release and disclosed that it estimated as many as 2.2 million of its patients may have had their data exposed in a breach at Retrieval Masters Credit Bureau d/b/a/ American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). CPL said, “The impact of this incident is limited to patients whose accounts were referred for debt collection and who reside in the United States.” CPL is providing information to those of its patients whose PHI may have been exposed during this breach.

MORE ON: Data Breach

AMCA is the same billing company that, earlier this year, revealed that it had been breached, exposing the data of more than 20 million patients of lab companies BioReference Laboratories, LabCorp, and Quest Diagnostics. (See TDR, June 10, 2019.) AMCA filed a bankruptcy action earlier this spring, after it disclosed the PHI breaches involving the patients at the above-named three national lab companies.

NEOGENOMICS TO BUILD NEW LAB

Neogenomics of Ft. Myers, Fla., is the latest lab company to announce that it will construct a new, state-of-the-art laboratory facility for cancer diagnostics. The lab will be 150,000 square feet and will include corporate headquarters. It will be located in Ft. Myers. The estimated construction cost is $50 million to $60 million, with a target opening date of 2021.

TRANSITIONS

  • Sonora Quest Laboratories of Tempe, Ariz. appointed Sonya Engle as COO. Engle previously worked at LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, and Specialty Laboratories.
  • Joyce Santis retired from Sonora Quest Laboratories, effective June 28. She was COO and joined Sonora Quest in 1997. She formerly held management positions at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital.
  • Deep Lens, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, named Kevin Whiteley as Vice President of Provider Sales. Whiteley previously held positions at Danaher-Leica BioSystems, Aperio, Xoft, Skylight Healthcare Systems, R2 Technology, Alaris Medical Systems, and American Hospital Supply Corporation.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, August 12, 2019.

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