Ransomware attack leaves 5 years of patient records inaccessible at Colo. hospital

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

The 25-bed hospital, which did not pay the ransom, is still working to get full access to files from August 2012 through August 2017.

RDH is a 25-bed nonprofit critical access hospital in Rangely, Colo., a town of about 2,300 near the Utah border.

According to forensic analysis, the hospital said, a foreign actor gained access to RDH's systems on April 2 before launching the ransomware attack – an automated file-encryption process – a week later.

RDH did not pay the ransom, and the identity of Rangely District Hospital in Rio Blanco County, Colo., issued a notice last week that a ransomware attack had targeted the software necessary to access five years of patient records.

In addition, the notice said, RDH can no longer access the records of patients who received home health services between June 2019 and April 9, when the ransomware was discovered.

Although the hospital was able to recover some of the files from backups and other sources, the notice said...

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