The UHS (Universal Health Services), one of the biggest hospital networks with above four-hundred locations all across the United States, was still performing its operations on Tuesday to get its network online after the cyberattack previously Sunday morning.
In a statement late Tuesday, the Pennsylvania based firm said that they are making steady improvement with recovery efforts and specific applications have already begun coming online again, and others expected to be recovered on a rolling basis across the United States.
The firm described that it faced an information technology security happening in the morning hours of the 27th of September 2020, and as a conclusion, it was required forcefully to close its whole computer network, laboratory systems, impacting patient data and clinical information.
The firm stated that patients care still to be delivered effectively and safely and added that there is no proof that patient or worker data was misused, copied, or accessed.
The system may take several days to be recovered
A cardiologist at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, told a media firm, CNN, that it could take many days to recover the system.
He added that they proactively took down all, their whole platform to secure the network when they recognized the cyberattack, and they are operating using these downtime protocols to manage clinical operations in a secure way while they gradually bring systems back up online. He continued in the meantime that it’s a big deal.
Dr. Jonathan Reiner described that the affected services are back to using manual systems, which was previously the norm, so the safety of the patient is not necessarily an issue at all. But he repeated several times that it’s a big deal, it’s a big deal.
On Tuesday, he added that he had to cease some surgical procedures and continued that it is much more cumbersome to find-out patient data.
The Universal Health Services briefed that its facilities are using established back-up procedures, which include offline documentation ways such as pen and paper.