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Electronic patient records at Providence Hospital in Mobile restored after ransomware attack | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


Electronic versions of patient records at Providence Hospital were restored Thursday, nearly a month after the Mobile hospital was impacted by a ransomware attack on its former owner.

Although Ascension Health sold Providence to the University of South Alabama last year, the hospital “temporarily remains” on some of Ascension’s IT systems, according to USA Health. Providence’s new owners did not say when the hospital would no longer be on Ascension’s systems.

The electronic patient records were affected by the May 8 ransomware attack that hit Ascension hospitals, which include St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.

“As of 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, the core electronic medical record (EMR) was restored at USA Health Providence Hospital,” the health system said in a statement.

“At USA Health, patient safety is our priority,” the statement continued. “We remain committed to ensuring our patients receive the highest level of compassionate care in the safest environment possible.”

On Wednesday, Ascension said the electronic records were restored at all of its hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Austin, Texas. The health system said it hoped to restore the records at its other hospitals nationwide by June 14.

Hospitals across the country had been dealing with disruptions of their services after Ascension Health confirmed it was hit by a “cybersecurity incident,” after detecting what it says was “unusual activity on select technology network systems.” The company since determined it to be a “ransomware” incident.

The St. Louis-based health system with 140 hospitals across in 19 states said it first detected the attack May 8, leading hospitals to sever connections to its online system.

Companies that do business with Ascension Health were recommended to temporarily suspend their “connection to the Ascension environment. We will inform our partners when it is appropriate to reconnect into our environment.”

According to a CNN report based on four sources briefed on the investigation, Ascension suffered a ransomware attack in which cybercriminals typically try to lock computers and steal data for extortion via a hack is known as Black Basta that focuses on health care organizations. Black Basta, also the name of a broad criminal group that uses the ransomware, includes Russian-speakers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, CNN reported.

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