Valley Health System computer networks were restored Monday in the Las Vegas Valley, two weeks after after a cyberattack struck Universal Health Services medical facilities across the country.
“All six Valley Health System hospitals are online again, using the electronic medical records, lab and pharmacy applications,” said Valley Health System spokeswoman Gretchen Papez.
Universal Health Services, which operates Valley Heath System, said it shut down computer networks across the U.S. following a cyberattack on Sept. 27. UHS operates more than 400 hospitals and clinical care facilities across the U.S. and United Kingdom. Only U.S. facilities were affected, according to the company.
UHS said it resorted to using “established back-up processes including offline documentation methods.” One clinician in Washington, D.C., told The Associated Press that the loss of computer access meant that medical personnel could not easily see lab results, imaging scans, medication lists and other critical pieces of information that
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Anthem, the health insurance company behind Blue Cross-Blue Shield, has agreed to pay nearly $40 million in another settlement over a 2015 cyberattack that compromised the personal information belonging to nearly 79 million people, officials said.
The insurer will pay $39.5 million to settle an investigation by a group of state attorneys general, it announced Wednesday. Anthem said it was the last open investigation into the attack on its technology.
The company also agreed nearly two years ago with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to pay $16 million to settle possible privacy violations.
The office building of health insurer Anthem in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015. (REUTERS/Gus Ruelas/File Photo)
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KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — A King of Prussia-based hospital chain, among the largest in the nation, suffered a major cyberattack over the weekend, the company confirmed. The attack, believed to be among the largest in history, crippled user access and the company’s online system and intensified consumer concerns over the security of personal information.
The attack targeting Universal Health Systems occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 27, the company said in a statement Tuesday. The Fortune 500 company, which owns more than 400 hospitals and healthcare facilities around the United States, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, does not believe private information was compromised.
“At this time, we have no evidence that patient or employee data was accessed, copied or misused,” the company said.
The company has temporarily suspended online user access in the United States as an investigation is underway. The shutdown has caused hundreds
A computer outage at a major hospital chain thrust health care facilities across the U.S. into chaos Monday, with treatment impeded as doctors and nurses already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic were forced to rely on paper backup systems.
Universal Health Services, which operates more than 250 hospitals and other clinical facilities in the U.S., blamed the outage on an unspecified IT “security issue” in a statement posted to its website Monday but provided no details about the incident, such as how many facilities were affected and whether patients had to be diverted to other hospitals.
UHS workers reached by The Associated Press at company facilities in Texas and Washington, D.C. described mad scrambles after the outage began overnight on Sunday to render care, including longer emergency room waits and anxiety over determining which patients might be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
The health organization is working “diligently” to restore security and access to its suspended applications.
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) issued a statement on Monday announcing it had suffered an “IT security issue” over the weekend.
Currently there is no evidence that patient or employee data was compromised during the cyberattack, according to a press release issued Tuesday morning.
In response to the event, UHS has temporarily suspended user access to “information technology applications related to operations located in the United States.”
While the suspension may cause “temporary disruptions” across the organization’s clinical and financial functions, UHS stated that patient care will continue to be delivered “safely and effectively” through “offline documentation methods.”
The health organization is currently working with its security partners to restore security and access to its applications. UHS has also “implemented extensive information technology security protocols” in response to the attack.
Computer systems across a major hospital chain with facilities across the nation were down Monday due to what the company termed an unspecified technology “security issue.” Doctors and nurses had to rely on paper.
Universal Health Services Inc., which operates more than 250 hospitals and other clinical facilities in the U.S., said in a short statement posted to its website Monday that its network was offline and doctors and nurses were resorting to “back-up processes” including paper records.
The Fortune 500 company, with 90,000 employees, said “patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively” and no patient or employee data appeared to have been “accessed, copied or misused.”
The company also has hospitals in the United Kingdom, but its operations in that country were not affected, a spokeswoman said Monday night.
UHS provided no details about the incident, but people posting to an online Reddit forum who identified themselves
Computer systems at some hospitals began failing over the weekend after Universal Health Systems, a major provider with over 400 locations primarily in the US, was hit by a cyberattack. With systems offline, some impacted hospitals resorted to filing patient information with pen and paper, reported NBC News.
Universal Health Systems issued a statement on Monday, confirming that its network was offline due to a security incident.
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“The IT Network across Universal Health Services (UHS) facilities is currently offline, due to an IT security issue,” the statement said. “We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore
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A nationwide cyberattack has crippled operations at Universal Health Services, one of the nation’s largest health care providers.
As a result, health care personnel reportedly began keeping records on paper as computer systems began failing over the weekend and some hospitals have sent incoming ambulances to other neighboring hospitals.
Universal Health Services posted an update on the situation Monday morning on its website stating the IT network across its facilities was offline due to “an IT security issue.”
The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-headquartered health care giant’s operations include 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities and 42 outpatient facilities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.K.
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