DCH DATA BREACH: HOSPITALS OPERATING FINE, BUT NEW PATIENTS ASKED TO GO ELSEWHERE

DCH Health System officials met with FBI and Secret Service members today regarding the ransomware breach on their network.

The breach, which impacted the hospital’s medical records system and imaging equipment, caused the system to close down some operations for DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center and Fayette Medical Center. Inpatient care has not been affected, but potential new patients are being encouraged to visit other hospitals in the area unless it is a dire emergency.

Ransomware is a type of software that can prevent users from accessing files on a computer or network system until a ransom is paid.

The breach was discovered just before 3 a.m. Monday morning.

“We can’t find evidence of any data stolen, but data is encrypted and the connections between many of the computer systems are corrupted,” said DCH Health System Director of Corporate Communications Brad Fisher.

The emergency rooms at the hospitals within the system are still open, and patients will not be turned away, Fisher said, but if a patient needs critical care they may be transferred to another hospital as soon as they are stable.

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