Ransomware Wave Hits Healthcare, as 3 Providers Report EHR Downtime

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The FBI is investigating an ongoing wave of cyberattacks, including Ryuk ransomware, trouncing US hospitals, health systems, and other providers. At least three systems have already been driven into EHR downtime this week: University of Vermont Health Network, New York-based St. Lawrence Health System, and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Oregon.

Sonoma Valley Hospital also recently reported it was operating under EHR downtime procedures after a security incident more than two weeks ago.

UVM Health Network is currently investigating a significant and ongoing system-wide network issue, causing a massive outage and thought be a cyberattack, according to local news outlet NBC5. Officials don’t know how long recovery efforts will take, but at least six hospitals have been affected.

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