CYBER ATTACK: St. Mary’s Medical Center And Good Samaritan Medical Center Affected
Tenet Health Says Cyber Attack Has Been Mitigated, Access Being Restored.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — Tenet Healthcare tells Boca Post that they have been able to begin restoring their systems after a cyber attack they say affected end-user access.
The company says that the attack never affected its ability to offer patient care.
Sources tell Boca Post that the phone and billing systems at area Tenet hospitals, including Good Samaritan Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, have been severely affected for the last week.
Patients have contacted Boca Post telling us that they experienced long wait times and that everything seemed more “disorganized” due to what the company is calling a “temporary outage”.
From Tenet Healthcare:
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) experienced a cybersecurity incident last week. The Company immediately suspended user access to impacted information technology applications, executed extensive cybersecurity protection protocols, and quickly took steps to restrict further unauthorized activity.
Efforts to restore impacted information technology operations continue to make important progress. While there was temporary disruption to a subset of acute care operations, the Company’s hospitals remained operational and continued to deliver patient care safely and effectively, utilizing well-established back-up processes. At this time, critical applications have largely been restored and the subset of impacted facilities has begun to resume normal operations.
In parallel, the Company immediately launched an investigation of the incident, which is currently ongoing. The Company is taking additional measures to protect patient, employee and other data, as appropriate, in response to this incident.
Tenet is grateful to its physicians, nurses and staff for their dedication to safely care for patients as the Company works to resolve this matter.
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St. Mary’s Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center, both in West Palm Beach, are both owned by Tenet Health. The company owns 60 Acute Care Facilities and 550 Outpatient Care Facilities nationwide.
St Mary’s Medical Center is one of the only Level II trauma centers in the area and treats approximately 70,000 emergency and trauma patients every year.