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Ascension Health, largest Catholic hospital chain in the U.S., hit by cyberattack, disrupting patient care

May 9, 2024
NBC News
Contributed by: Bill Russell
Summary
Ascension Health, the largest Catholic hospital chain in the United States, has announced it is dealing with a cyberattack that has significantly disrupted its operations, particularly affecting clinical operations due to interrupted access to some of its systems. The company has moved swiftly to initiate protocols ensuring that patient care continues safely and with minimal impact, leveraging the expertise of cybersecurity firm Mandiant for investigation and remediation efforts, while also notifying law enforcement. This incident comes in the wake of a similar cyberattack on UnitedHealthcare, highlighting a growing concern over cybersecurity in the healthcare sector. Ascension, known as the fourth-largest hospital network in the nation, is acting to mitigate the effects of this cyberattack across its 140 locations in 19 states and Washington, D.C.
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