Cone Health unable to recover patient data lost in ransomware attack

” While this attack was restricted to this single practice, we utilize this as a learning chance across Cone Health,” stated Frank Riccardi, vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer at Cone Health. These attacks are getting very sophisticated.

” While this attack was limited to this single practice, we use this as a knowing opportunity across Cone Health,” said Frank Riccardi, vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer at Cone Health. If you get an email asking for info such as passwords or to click to validate something, think twice. These attacks are getting extremely sophisticated.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health revealed on Nov. 4 that one of its medical practices was struck by a ransomware attack, leaving client information unrecoverable.

Alamance Skin Center, a Cone Health practice since 2017, was hit by the ransomware attack in late July. The Burlington, N.C.-based practices EHR and servers are different from Cone Healths system, so the health systems network was unaffected.

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While no client information was stolen during the attack, Cone Health identified Oct. 21 that the information involved in the cyberattack couldnt be recuperated. Patients who have a visit arranged at Alamance Skin Center are asked to call the practice to confirm their go to.

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Jackie Drees –
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020