Hackers target healthcare providers

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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Doctors’ offices are places where you don't have the option of not providing personal information. But that puts you and the provider at risk.

One case in point is Urgent Care Clinic of Oxford which recently sent out a letter to patients warning that it was breached by what experts believe to be 'criminal Russian hackers'.

Department of Health and Human Services records also reveal Jefferson Medical Associates in Laurel was also hacked this summer.

Smaller medical offices like Quinn Healthcare don't have the same technical support that a large hospital would.

"We have to look at it closely. We're not someone that has someone sitting in house doing at all times. So we have to be careful and make sure that we, as the ones that the patient has to go through, is checking those things," said Alisha McArthur Wilkes, family nurse practitioner at Quinn Healthcare.

So, the clinic uses a 3rd party electronic medical record company. It does periodic security checks. The company also created separate servers for patients to access while in the office to protect the medical records.

"That's for us to know and to help take care of the patient, not for others to get it to use it for their benefit," said Wilkes.

C-Spire is one business that's now offering what it calls Disaster Recovery. It helps businesses recover faster after something like a hack.