Security Incident Leads Scripps Health to Postpone Care

Healthcare Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

San Diego-based Scripps Health, which operates four area hospitals, has been forced to postpone some patient care - and reportedly divert some patients seeking emergency treatment - as a result of what local news outlets say is a ransomware attack.

In a statement provided to Information Security Media Group, Scripps Health says that it detected "an information technology security incident" late on Saturday.

"As a result of this cyberattack, we suspended user access to our information technology applications related to our operations at our healthcare facilities," according to the statement. "While our information technology applications are offline, patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively at our facilities, utilizing established back-up processes, including offline documentation methods."

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