Operations of Ascension Healthcare Affected by Cyberattack


Ascension Healthcare Cyberattack Disrupts Clinical Operations: Patients Report Chaos

Ascension, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the United States, is currently grappling with disruptions in clinical operations following a cyberattack that forced the organization to take some of its systems offline. The incident was detected when unusual activity was spotted on select technology network systems, prompting immediate response, investigation initiation, and activation of remediation efforts.

As a result, access to certain systems has been interrupted during the ongoing investigation process. The healthcare organization has advised its business partners to sever connections temporarily as a precautionary measure and will notify them when it is safe to reconnect. With 140 hospitals, 40 senior care facilities, and a workforce of over 8,500 providers, Ascension’s total revenue amounted to $28.3 billion in 2023.

The disruptions caused chaos at Ascension healthcare facilities, as reported by patients and staff. Patients described delays in receiving care and medications, with nurses resorting to manual procedures due to system outages. Healthcare professionals voiced concerns about the challenges they faced in providing necessary treatments and services in the absence of electronic systems.

The incident at Ascension adds to a series of healthcare breaches and ransomware attacks, underscoring the increasing threat to the sector. Recent warnings from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlight the tactics used by threat actors to exploit vulnerabilities in healthcare IT systems. The aftermath of such attacks, including lawsuits and financial losses, underscores the need for robust cybersecurity measures in the healthcare industry.

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