For Immediate Release
Media Contact
:
July 29, 2016
Kathryn Gilchrist
601/790-2881
kgilchrist@gilchristdonnell.com
Privacy Events at Jefferson Medical Associates
Jefferson Medical Associates (JMA) of Laurel, Mississippi, has advised its patients
of privacy events that may have compromised certain personal information. The events
are believed to be the result of criminal activity.
On approximately June 1, 2016, 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 so far, it appears that the
individual unlawfully accessed and 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 associated with their treatment at JMA, including
drug names, dosages, and refill quantities. JMA has secured the database, disabled the ability
for remote connections, and is implementing additional data security measures to prevent
future incidents.
At this time, investigators do not believe the individual who accessed the database
has used the information acquired. Instead, it is believed that the individual accessed the
database only to demonstrate his ability to do so. Through JMA's investigation of this
issue, it also has learned that other remote connections were made to this database from
unknown sources at various times between March 25, 2014, and June 1, 2016. JMA has
not been able to determine whether any of these other connections actually resulted in any
acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of patient information, but it is possible.
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.
"We sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience this incident has caused or may
cause any of our valued patients," said Robby Graham, JMA's Administrator. "We take
the privacy of their health information as seriously as we do their care. We want to assure
our patients and the community we serve that we will continue to work both to understand
this incident and to implement measures to further strengthen our data security."
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.