MedStar IT system mostly back to full operation after cyber attack

WASHINGTON — MedStar Health’s IT systems are almost back to normal after a cyber attack last week.

As of Sunday afternoon, the health system says its Virtual Private Network is also back online. The VPN allows doctors to access medical files and information remotely.

The network’s three main clinical information systems— in patient Electronic Health Record (EHR), outpatient EHR, and the registration and scheduling system — are fully functional.

MedStar Health says in a statement that it discovered the cyber attack early Monday and the company’s IT security experts decided to completely shut down the entire computer network.

While the system was down, the hospital operator says it set up a command center to coordinate with with hospitals, outpatient facilities and other services.  It also says its staff is trained to handle emergencies like the one MedStar faced last week.

MedStar says there is no evidence that patient or associate information was compromised.  It also adds that it will not publicly offer any details on the attack itself and who carried out the attack.

The company’s hospitals are handling patient volumes closely resembling a normal week.  MedStar Health says it has not looked at the financial impact of the attack, but that its entire system remained open throughout the attack and its service volume was minimally impacted.

The FBI is investigating.

WTOP’s Jamie Forzato contributed to this report.

Scott Gelman

Scott Gelman is a digital editor and writer for WTOP. A South Florida native, Scott graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019. During his time in College Park, he worked for The Diamondback, the school’s student newspaper.

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