Computer systems for Universal Health Services, which has more than 400 locations, primarily in the U.S., began to fail over the weekend „due to an IT security issue.” UHS facilities in California, Florida, North Dakota, Arizona, and other locations began noticing problems. No patient or employee data appears to have been compromised but computer networks have been knocked offline. It seems however to be like a ransomware attack. “We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible,” a statement reads. Two Universal Health Services nurses, who requested to not be named because they weren’t authorized by the company to speak with the media, said that the attack began over the weekend and had left medical staff to work with pen and paper. “Our medication system is all online, so that’s been difficult,” a nurse from Arizona declared.
“When nurses and physicians can’t access labs, radiology or cardiology reports, that can dramatically slow down treatment, and in extreme cases, force re-routing for critical care to other treatment centers,” said Kenneth White, a computer security engineer with more than a decade of experience working with hospital networks.