Security Incident Drives Sonoma Valley Hospital to EHR Downtime

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Sonoma Valley Hospital in California is currently operating under EHR downtime procedures after falling victim to a security incident two weeks ago on October 11.

The incident joins a host of similar EHR downtime procedures in recent weeks, caused by various IT disruptions, security incidents, and ransomware attacks, including security events at Universal Health Services, Dickinson County Healthcare System in Michigan, and at least three other covered entities.

Calling it a significant downtime event, the security system affected all of Sonoma Valley Hospital’s computer systems. Officials said they have been able to maintain operations and patient care by leveraging the hospital’s business continuity plan, while the IT team works on fully restoring affected systems.

Further, the hospital has been...

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