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Browser beware: Study uncovers data leaks that could impact health IT

by Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | August 02, 2019
Cyber Security Health IT

A Google spokesperson had a similar sentiment. "We want Chrome extensions to be safe and privacy-preserving, and detecting policy violations is essential to that effort," they told Forbes.

The need to carefully maintain browser security is just the latest cyber challenge to surface in healthcare settings. In May, financial details of nearly 12 million patients were potentially at risk after a security breach at American Medical Collection Agency. The billing collections service clientele includes Quest Diagnostics and Optum360.

“On May 31, 2019, AMCA notified Quest and Optum360 that the data on AMCA’s affected system included information regarding approximately 11.9 million Quest patients. AMCA believes this information includes personal information, including certain financial data, Social Security numbers, and medical information, but not laboratory test results," said a Quest spokesperson in a statement to HCB News, adding that "Quest is taking this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of our patients’ personal information."

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