MedStar Health almost back online, but other hospitals hit

Three California hospitals and one in Indiana were also victimized.
Three California hospitals and one in Indiana were also victimized.

MedStar Health is reporting that its clinical and management computer systems are almost fully back online, eight days after the medical organization suffered a cyber attack that forced it to shut down its network.

On March 28 the company reported that a virus had hit its network, preventing some users from logging on and using the system and had taken down its system to prevent the problem from spreading. MedStar runs 10 hospitals and 250 outpatient clinics in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. The organization has not stated what type of attack took place, but information security industry speculation is leaning toward ransomware.

MedStar found itself in good company.

According to Healthcare IT News, three California hospitals run by Prime Healthcare; Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Medical Center all experienced attacks in late March. In addition, King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Ind., had a computer infected with ransomware.

All of those organizations were able to regain use of their systems in just a short period of time and no patient information was compromised nor were any ransoms paid, Healthcare IT News reported.

Prime Healthcare has not responded to SCMagazine.com's request for additional information.

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