Late Monday afternoon, March 28, The Washington Post broke the story that a virus had infected the clinical information system of the 10-hospital, Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health integrated health system early Monday morning, forcing the system’s leaders to shut down their electronic health record (EHR) and e-mail system, and marking a new watershed moment in the recent history of hacking-based EHR and clinical information system shutdowns in U.S. hospitals.
According to the Post report, “The FBI is investigating the breach, which comes just weeks after similar cyber-attacks on two other medical institutions in California and Kentucky. Still, MedStar officials said they had found ‘no evidence that information has been stolen,” the Post report said.
The Post news story, by reporters John Woodrow Cox, Karen Turner, and Matt Zapotosky, quoted Ann Nickels, identified as a MedStar spokeswoman as issuing a statement that included the following: “MedStar acted quickly with a decision to take down all system interfaces to prevent the virus from spreading throughout the organization. We are working with our IT and cyber-security partners to fully assess and address the situation. Currently, all of our clinical facilities remain open and functioning.”Read More On www.healthcare-informatics.com
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