A New York healthcare facility invested 3 weeks under computer system downtime procedure due to a malware attack.
Five things to understand:
1. Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Medical Center took its computer system offline on July 25 after identifying a malware attack. The healthcare facility had the ability to bring its main system back online on Aug. 19 after fixing issues connected to the attack.
2. While the computer system was offline, the health center reverted to paper records, but has actually now had the ability to renew its primary EHR applications. Samaritan also brought the payroll and accounting functions back online, according to a News 7 report.
During the downtime, the health center delayed some services. The hospital restored its computer systems to help in drug delivery and radiation treatment as well as medical imaging and interaction between clinicians last week.
4. Samaritans IT group is continuing to work with third-party experts to bring the remaining computer system works back online. The medical facility prioritized bringing applications related to client care back initially.
5. The hospital does not have evidence that patient or staff member records were accessed or obtained during the attack.
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Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Medical Center took its computer system offline on July 25 after determining a malware attack. The hospital was able to bring its main system back online on Aug. 19 after solving problems related to the attack.
While the computer system was offline, the health center reverted to paper records, but has now been able to renew its main EHR applications. The hospital restored its computer systems to assist in drug shipment and radiation therapy as well as medical imaging and interaction in between clinicians last week.
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