Missouri health system back online after shutdown: 4 details

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
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Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based SoutheastHEALTH brought its computer network back up after a four-day shutdown triggered by an unusual quantity of external web traffic, according to a report from the Southeast Missourian.

4 crucial notes:.

1. SoutheastHEALTHs IT team said it avoided the attempted network breach by rapidly going offline Oct. 14.

2. The health systems computer system was completely back online on Oct. 17. Throughout the downtime, the health system went back to paper records and diverted ambulances from the emergency department, although it still accepted walk-in ED clients.

3. On Oct. 20, SoutheastHEALTH released a statement about the incident, stating no individual health info had actually been compromised.

4. The health system continues to investigate the event.

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The health systems computer system was fully back online on Oct. 17. During the downtime, the health system reverted to paper records and diverted ambulances from the emergency department, although it still accepted walk-in ED clients.