CommonSpirit Health system suffers computer security incident

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – CommonSpirit Health, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States and the second-largest nonprofit hospital chain, fell victim to a disruptive cyberattack on October 3, 2022.

Following reports of service issues and rescheduling of procedures at several network hospitals, CommonSpirit Health has issued the following statement:

“CommonSpirit Health is managing an IT security issue affecting some of our facilities. As a precaution, we have taken certain computer systems offline, which may include the electronic health record (EHR) and other systems. Our facilities follow existing protocols for system outages and take steps to minimize disruptions. We take our responsibility to ensure the security of our computer systems very seriously. Due to this issue, we have postponed some patient appointments. Patients will be contacted directly by their provider and/or care facility if their appointment is impacted.

While it was not immediately clear how many affiliated establishments were affected by the incident, the results of the attack were immediately made clear as local news outlets reported disruptions which saw ambulances diverted to other hospitals in some cases according to the Des Moines Register. Hospitals have relied on paper records instead of accessing electronic health record systems.

It is not yet known when the problem will be solved, in 2019 CommonSpirit Health operated a total of 700 care sites and 142 hospitals.

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