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Ascension officials on Monday released state-specific information on the fallout of its recent ransomware attack for the 11 states in which it has locations. In Tennessee, all of the hospitals and physician offices are open, according to the release, though they are using manual and paper-based systems.

The update comes six days after the company began experiencing interruptions due to a ransomware attack on May 8.   

According to the release, patients can still attend appointments at area hospitals and clinics, and can walk in for treatment in emergency rooms and urgent care sites. Elective surgeries are also still ongoing — as are imaging, testing and treatment services. Patients will experience delays, however. 

“Due to the transition to manual systems for patient documentation, patients may encounter longer than usual wait times and some delays,” Ascension wrote in the release. “To help with delays, patients should bring notes on symptoms and a list of current medications, including prescription numbers or bottles.” 

Previously, Ascension announced it was diverting some emergency room services to other hospitals — a process that is still ongoing — though local spokespeople declined to say if Nashville emergency rooms were affected. Ascension’s patient portal and electronic health records system are also down. The company said it has no timeline for restoring its operations. 

The Ascension ransomware attack is part of a national trend of cybersecurity attacks on health care systems, with the illegal activity undertaken in an effort to steal patient data. Nashville-based Change Healthcare was recently the victim of a large-scale ransomware attack


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