Patients’ safety ‘jeopardized’ as cyber scare holds Liberty Hospital staff

December 30, 2023
1 min read

– Liberty Hospital in Missouri has been experiencing a cyber security incident for almost two weeks, and it is uncertain how long it will take to recover.

– Employees at the hospital are concerned for patient safety, as the hospital is currently relying on paper charts and almost none of the computers are working.

– Patients’ personal information, including medical and financial data, may be at risk due to the cyber attack.

– While patients have noticed more use of paper, they have said that their visits have been business as usual.

– In 2023, the healthcare industry has experienced over 1600 cyber attacks.

Liberty Hospital in Missouri has been dealing with a cyber security incident for almost two weeks, and it is uncertain how long it will take to recover. The hospital has resorted to using paper charts, as almost none of the computers are working. Staff members are worried that some patients are being put in serious jeopardy due to the disruptions caused by the cyber attack. Some patient records have been lost, and there may be multiple versions of diagnoses, making it difficult for nurses to keep track of information. The hospital is now calling this a “Cyber Security Incident,” and experts suggest that patients’ personal information, including medical and financial data, may be at risk. The hospital administration claims that staff members are trained to handle downtime patient procedures, but staff members and nurses remain concerned about the length of time it is taking to recover. Patients, however, have described their visits as business as usual, though they have noticed more use of paperwork instead of computers. Liberty Hospital is not alone in experiencing a cyber security incident, as the healthcare industry has faced over 1600 cyber attacks in 2023. The hospital has not given a timeline for when the incident will be resolved.

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