Ransomware Attack on Scripps Health and Midwest Transplant Network

The healthcare provider Scripps Health based in San Diego experienced a cyberattack on May 1, 2021 which pushed it to take off the web its information technology systems. Scripps Health runs four hospitals around the San Diego area and had kept on offering patient care ; nevertheless, heart attack, trauma and stroke patients in search of emergency treatment at all four of its hospitals in La Jolla, Encinitas, Chula Vista, and San Diego, were diverted to option facilities as a safety measure.

Scripps Health gave a statement specifying its outpatient urgent care facilities, Scripps HealthExpress locations, and emergency departments still remain open, and personnel give continuing care to patients. Although information technology systems are down, which include its online site, Scripps Health is running on standard backup processes and is utilizing offline documentation techniques. Patient safety has not been put in danger.

It is not clear when it will be possible to bring back systems working online, therefore the choice has been taken to delay a few patient consultations for Monday and at the end of this week.

Scripps Health hasn’t reported the complete information regarding the nature of the cyberattack, however local media outlets are stating this as a ransomware attack. Scripps Health and its expert teams are doing work 24 / 7 to bring back systems and fix all problems caused by the attack.

Midwest Transplant Network Encounters Suspected Ransomware Attack

The Midwest Transplant Network has additionally stated it encountered a cyberattack. On April 30, 2021, the healthcare company based in Westwood, KS stated that its IT team and third-party security specialists were working day and night to stop and get rid of the menace and know the magnitude to which patient data was exposed.

Though there is a possibility of patient information access, the breach investigation did not uncover any proof that suggests the exfiltrated any patient data. Midwest Transplant Network notified patients by mail in case they were potentially affected.

Midwest Transplant Network stated that all through the incident it had continued its activity by means of eye, organ, and tissue donation. Around 17,600 people are understood to have likely had their protected health information compromised.

Elizabeth Hernandez

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