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Around 7,000 patients of Arizona Dermatopathology possibly impacted by the AMCA breach


A medical laboratory of Scottsdale - Arizona Dermatopathology, which specializes in processing the patients' tissue biopsies, has reported that around 7,000 patients might have some of their personal data exposed as a result of one online security incident. This Scottsdale medical laboratory is owned as well as operated by the Aurora Diagnostics based in Palm Beach Gardens city of Florida. It is the only Arizona laboratory, which is affiliated with the Aurora Diagnostics having a network of over 30 laboratories around the country.


The company officials has released a statement on Jul. 19, 2019, saying that the online breach has affected patient payments segment of the website that is operated by the Retrieval Masters Creditors Bureau, who are doing business as AMCA (American Medical Collection Agency), a company that has been used by the Arizona Dermatopathology as well as other businesses all over the U.S. for debt collection. This data breach has affected AMCA's system only, and the website of Arizona Dermatopathology was not affected, said the company in their statement.


AMCA based in Elmsford, New York, said that the company learned about the breach on Mar. 21, 2019. After conducting the investigation, AMCA said they informed the Arizona Dermatopathology that one database containing the patient information got affected in the month of May.


Based on information provided by the AMCA, the information belonging to the Arizona Dermatopathology patients that might got affected by this incident include: patient names, phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, balance information, dates of service, treatment provider information, and banking or credit card information. According to AMCA, the social security numbers as well as the medical records remain unaffected.


AMCA has already notified around 500 patients of Arizona Dermatopathology that their names, phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, balance information, dates of service, treatment provider information, and banking or credit card information might have been impacted. In addition, Arizona Dermatopathology estimates that around 6,500 other patients might have their names, phone numbers, addresses, dates of birth, treatment provider information, balance information and dates of service got impacted.


Arizona Dermatopathology also added that only the patients whose accounts have been referred for the debt collection were affected. Arizona Dermatopathology further said that AMCA was no longer used by them for debt collection. The individuals having questions regarding this incident could call 833-300-6928 for more information.


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