147,000 Patients Affected by Scripps Health Ransomware Attack

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

Scripps Health, the second largest healthcare provider in San Diego, has started sending breach notification letters to 147,267 patients to inform them that some of their personal and health information was stolen in a May 1, 2021 ransomware attack.

The attack forced Scripps Health to adopt its EHR downtime procedures with its systems offline. Staff at its medical offices and hospitals were forced to work with paper charts while systems were restored and data was recovered. That process has taken almost a month, during which time access to important patient information such as test results was prevented. Scripps Health only regained the ability to create new records last week when the MyScripps patient portal was brought back online.

The attack affected...

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