Fighting hospital ransomware hackers takes a public-private village, Scripps CEO says

Becker's Health IT

Jackie Drees

More than a month after a ransomware attack hit Scripps Health and disrupted its IT systems for weeks, CEO Chris Van Gorder has penned an op-ed in The San Diego Union-Tribune to detail the events and call on greater collaboration between the government and hospitals to thwart attacks.

The San Diego-based health system discovered unusual network activity affecting some of its IT systems on May 1, prompting Scripps to take its information systems, including its Epic EHR, offline. During nearly one month of EHR downtime, the health system operated using established backup processes, including offline documentation methods and continued care at its outpatient urgent care centers, Scripps HealthExpress locations and all its emergency departments.

While Scripps' EHR was...

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