Has Your EHR Been Attacked with Ransomware?

If your electronic health record (“EHR”) vendor is Allscripts, then yes, it was breached last week. Other EHRs have also been impacted by breaches in the past.

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Allscripts is still working on getting services back to normal after a ransomware attack last week.

Many customers and patients are having problems, due to the ransomware attack.

What has been impacted by the attack?

E-prescribing, EPCS, and other services were all affected.

Allscripts has yet to comment on how many providers were impacted by the outage and has yet to offer an estimate of when its sites will be back online.

Clients with cloud hosted services experienced the worst outages.

What should you do to make sure your data remains safe in the event your EHR vendor is breached?

First, if your EHR vendor is breached, contact your healthcare attorney to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your patient data.

If you hear of a breach and are able to, it may be advisable to disconnect from your EHR vendor’s data centers.

Ensure that you have your own server and backups so that you can access your data if you need to, and know how long it takes to get your backups up and running.

It is important to test all areas of your breach readiness plan regularly, so that you are prepared for the worst.

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