Health IT, Hospitals

Cerner systems ‘not penetrated’ in MedStar hack

Cerner, which provides EHRs across MedStar’s network of 10 hospitals and more than 250 outpatient facilities, said that its technology came through unscathed. However, local reports suggest patients are being told not to come in today.

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While the IT infrastructure at MedStar Health in the Washington-Baltimore area remains crippled by a possible ransomware attack Monday, patient records were not compromised, according to the health system’s lead IT vendor. Meawhile, MedStar has slowly begun recovering from the incident.

Cerner, which provides electronic health records across MedStar’s 10 hospitals and more than 250 outpatient facilities, said that its technology came through unscathed.

“While all systems were taken offline as a precaution, Cerner solutions — including the MedConnect EHR system — were not penetrated,” a Cerner spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “The MedConnect system is now online at limited facilities, and we continue to work closely with our client as the broader IT framework is brought back online.”

For its part, other than a brief statement to local media Monday acknowledging a breach, MedStar has not said anything about the hack or the recovery. This is the health system’s most recent tweet:

While facilities may remain open, they seem to be at limited capacity. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that some patients are being “turned away” or told not to come in for appointments.

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