NY hospital reverts to pen & paper after online breach: 4 details

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Medical Center reported its computer system went offline on July 25, according to a local News 7 report.

4 things to know:.

1. The health system recognized a prospective security incident and contacted the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. When it found the breach, Samaritan took its computer system offline.

2. Clinicians had to go back to paper records after the computer system closed down, but continued looking after clients. It also held off some nonurgent visits during the failure.

3. Samaritan continued to operate its telephone and fax lines while its computer system systems were down.

4. Health center officials stated they didnt think the outage would impact payroll. No clients were transferred during the outage.

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The health system identified a potential security event and contacted the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Samaritan took its computer system offline when it discovered the breach.

Clinicians had to go back to paper records after the computer system shut down, but continued caring for patients. Medical facility officials said they didnt think the blackout would affect payroll.

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