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Thu May 23, 2024, 02:20 PM May 23

How the Ascension cyberattack is disrupting care at hospitals


How the Ascension cyberattack is disrupting care at hospitals

MAY 23, 2024 9:01 AM ET
KUT News
By Olivia Aldridge

Austin's Ascension Seton Medical Center is among the hospitals affected by a nationwide cybersecurity breach of Ascension technology systems.
Julia Reihs/KUT News

Hospital staff are forced to write notes by hand and deliver orders for tests and prescriptions in person in the ongoing fallout from a recent ransomware attack at the national health system Ascension.

Ascension is one of the largest health systems in the United States, with some 140 hospitals located across 19 states and D.C.

A spokesperson said in a statement that "unusual activity" was first detected on multiple technology network systems Ascension uses on Wednesday, May 8. Later, representatives confirmed that some of Ascension's electronic health records systems had been affected, along with systems used "to order certain tests, procedures and medications."

Some phone capabilities have also been offline, and patients have been unable to access portals used to view medical records and get in touch with their doctors.


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How the Ascension cyberattack is disrupting care at hospitals (Original Post) sl8 May 23 OP
This is extremely disturbing. Ferrets are Cool May 23 #1
Talk about disruption and confusion. K/R appalachiablue May 23 #2
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