LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel clinic has issued a warning to a small group of their patients after a recent data breach of their systems.
Jefferson Medical Associates issued a press release stating that privacy events may have compromised certain personal information.
The events are believed to be the result of criminal activity.
According to the release, on June 1 an unauthorized individual not affiliated with JMA accessed a database containing a limited history of prescriptions and other information for a small percentage of patients.
Based on the investigation, the individual unlawfully copied one of the practice's databases which included patient names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers as well as limited prescription information. Drug names, dosages, and refill quantities were also compromised.
JMA has since secured the database, disabled the ability for remote connections, and is implementing additional data security measures to prevent future incidents.
The release stated:
JMA has mailed notice to all potentially affected patients of this incident and is offering one year of credit monitoring and identity protection services through AllClear ID™ at no cost to the affected patients. In cooperation with law enforcement, JMA is continuing to investigate this incident.
Those who believe they may have been affected by this incident should contact JMA's dedicated incident response hotline at (855) 260-2771.
Jefferson Medical Associates, in Laurel, Mississippi, is one of the area's largest private, multi-specialty medical groups. Its physicians provide primary care, as well as sub-specialty medical care for residents of south central Mississippi.