Medical Center Thwarts Cyberattack, Investigates Data Exposure

While officials with Pennsylvania’s Ellwood City Medical Center say they do not believe patient data was compromised in a recent cyberattack, they are investigating the incident for potential data loss.

by Patrick O'Shea, Beaver County Times / June 5, 2019
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(TNS) — Ellwood City Medical Center officials said Tuesday they have dealt with a cyberattack, but are still investigating whether any records were compromised.

Beverly Annarumo, hospital CEO, said in a statement that the cybervirus, which employees first reported on Saturday, has been contained. She did not detail where the virus came from or what systems were impacted.

"So far, I am unaware of any patient information being obtained," Annarumo said. "However, it would be irresponsible for me to definitively confirm that until all investigations are finalized. I understand and appreciate the public's desire for more information on this matter, and that is why I will provide a more comprehensive update once all investigations are finished.

'We will continue to be vigilant in getting to the bottom of this attack, because the safety of our patients and their personal information are our highest priorities," she added.

Annarumo said the hospital has faced many challenges in recent years, but she said its owners and employees continue to demonstrate relentless commitment to the community.

"We will overcome every challenge facing us because this community means that much to us," she said. "No matter if a particular challenge is a financial hurdle, one created by mega health-care systems or the most recent cyberattack, we will address it and move forward stronger than before."

©2019 the Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pa.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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