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It’s both the biggest non-secret and the biggest secret in North County.

A Valley Center physician who has a great local reputation but doesn’t like much being quoted told The Times-Advocate this week that his patients who have gone to a specialist for treatment, have finally realized that they have to go to their doctors in person to get prescriptions and hand deliver them to the drug stores.

“It’s like we’ve gone back in time thirty years,” said the doctor.

The problem involves computer hacking of the medical services records of Palomar Health, Graybill and Arch Health. And probably more since it seems to affect other parts of the country too.

I say “seems to be” because no one is talking to the newspaper about this problem. We just know that it is one because we have anecdotal reports from patients who have had to hand walk their prescriptions, or who have gone to specialist for treatment, only to be told that the specialist didn’t have any record of what procedure was being done.

Several weeks ago the newspaper contacted the public relations firm that handles news from the hospital (you got that right, we have to deal with a marketing firm, instead of a public affairs officer) and asked to interview someone who could tell us what’s going on.

“We’ll have to check on this and let you know,” was the answer.

From talking to some higher ups on the hospital district we know that the FBI is involved. But we don’t know why they are involved.

Hundreds, possibly thousands or more patients are being affected by what some speculate is ransomware or some other form of cyber-attack. And no one is talking about it.

This is a developing story and we will continue to try to find out something about it.


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