A cyberattack has disrupted hospital computer systems in multiple US states. As a result, the cyberattack forced some emergency rooms to shut down and redirect ambulances. Many primary care services also remained closed on Friday. Security experts are currently investigating the issue and trying to fix it, AP News reported Friday.
Cyberattack disrupted hospital computer systems at Prospect Medical Holdings facilities across multiple states
The cyberattack started at facilities run by Prospect Medical Holdings. The attack impacted their facilities in several states, including California, Texas, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
“Upon learning of this, we took our systems offline to protect them and launched an investigation with the help of third-party cybersecurity specialists,” the company stated.
The company mentioned that they are currently investigating the situation. However, their primary focus is on attending to the urgent needs of their patients. They are working with dedication to restore normal operations as soon as they can.
On Thursday, the emergency departments at Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals in Connecticut remained closed for a significant part of the day. Patients were redirected to other nearby medical centers during this time.
“We have a national Prospect team working and evaluating the impact of the attack on all of the organizations,” Jillian Menzel, chief operating officer for the Eastern Connecticut Health Network told AP.