Medical Lab Allegedly Tied to Patient Information Leak
As the federal government pushes for healthcare providers to abandon paper records for an entirely online system, the Federal Trade Commission alleges that an Atlanta, Georgia medical lab’s online records led to the leak of private records of over 9,000 consumers.
About the Medical Lab Data Leak
- The Sun News reports that the FTC is alleging LabMD, a medical primarily involved in cancer detection, has inadvertently leaked the insurance billing data of over 9,000 consumers.
The data was found on a public file-sharing website and consisted of spread sheets including:
- Social Security numbers
- Dates of birth
- Insurance information
- Medical treatment codes
- California police state that identity thieves have acquired the personal data of at least 500 LabMD patients.
Concerns of Online Security in the Healthcare Industry
- The federal government is currently pushing the healthcare industry to move to using an entirely online system to record and transfer patient information with hopes that it will save money.
- Reports from the Health and Human Services inspector general, however, warn that it would only be adding to a system that already has issues with information security.
- As a result of the leak, the FTC is pushing for an order that LabMD enact an information safety program requiring professional audits every 2 years for the next 20 years.
- The FTC is also urging the LabMD be required to nofity all consumer affected by the data leak.
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