UVM Health Network computer outage disrupted care, left cancer patients in limbo

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

Cyberattacks against hospitals disrupted operations and healthcare delivery, according to The New York Times.

In the most recent example, Burlington, Vt.-based UVM Health Network reverted to paper records after a security incident forced its computer system and EHR offline for nearly a month. The hospital took steps to serve patients in critical need, but postponed other services including some surgeries.

Staff worked to restore vital patient information and chemotherapy protocols from memory, according to the report. During the outage, the cancer center was able to treat about 25 percent of the normal chemotherapy patients. Some patients were unable to receive their chemotherapy as scheduled.

"[Clinicians] were trying to...

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