According to hospital officials, two hospitals in New York were the target of a cyberattack and are already rerouting patients to alternative facilities.
Computer systems at the Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, Margaretville Hospital, and Mountainside Residential Care Center were also impacted by the cyberattack. Starting at 10 p.m., the health care network intends to turn off the three facilities’ IT systems.
Network administrators stated in a statement that they met on Friday “to address the threat and take necessary steps to fully restore our secure network.”
As a precaution, ambulances are being redirected away from HealthAlliance Hospital, and some current patients have been transferred to other hospitals, according to officials. According to officials, walk-in patients will be treated, evaluated, and either released or stabilized and sent to other hospitals.
HealthAlliance Hospital and Margaretville Hospital are still open. The skilled nursing institution’s care at Mountainside Residential Care Center will continue as usual, they noted. According to health network officials, the FBI, local law police, and a private cybersecurity company are all looking into the cyberattack.
Similar cyberattacks over the summer led hospitals in numerous states to turn off their computer systems. Hospitals in Texas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and California were impacted by the Prospect Medical Holdings attack in August.