New York hospital's IT systems restored 10 weeks after malware attack

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Medical Center was hit with a malware attack in July and has spent the past two-plus months restoring its systems.

The hospital took its computer system offline on July 25 after identifying the attack and was able to restore its main system on Aug. 19 after resolving issues related to the attack. During the weeks of downtime, the hospital reverted to paper records and alternative methods for payroll and accounting.

Samaritan also postponed some services during the downtime, and the malware attack disrupted its drug delivery, radiation therapy and medical imaging services. But the hospital's IT team continued to work on restoring computer systems and applications through Oct. 6.

Samaritan confirmed...

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