Ransomware Attack Delays Patient Care at Several Hospitals Across the US

“One of the largest hospital chains in the U.S. was hit with a suspected ransomware cyberattack this week,” reports NBC News, “leading to delayed surgeries, hold ups in patient care and rescheduled doctor appointments across the country.”
CommonSpirit Health, ranked as the fourth-largest health system in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review, said Tuesday that it had experienced “an IT security issue” that forced it to take certain systems offline. While CommonSpirit declined to share specifics, a person familiar with its remediation efforts confirmed to NBC News that it had sustained a ransomware attack.

CommonSpirit, which has more than 140 hospitals in the U.S., also declined to share information on how many of its facilities were experiencing delays. Multiple hospitals, however, including CHI Memorial Hospital in Tennessee, some St. Luke’s hospitals in Texas, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Seattle all have announced they were affected.

One Texas woman, who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity to protect her family’s medical privacy, said that she and her husband had arrived at a CommonSpirit-affiliated hospital on Wednesday for long-scheduled major surgery, only for his doctor to recommend delaying it until the hospital’s technical issues were resolved.

The surgeon “told me it could potentially delay post-op care, and he didn’t want to risk it,” she said.

Wednesday the company confirmed that “We have taken certain systems offline.”