OVMC-EORH computer system attacked, no patient information compromised

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The computer system used by Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital was attacked on Saturday by Ransomware. 

The hacker was able to penetrate the first layer of security but was unsuccessful in the second layer. 

According to Karin Janiszewski, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for OVMC-EORH, no patient information was compromised. 

OVMC-EORH are switching to paper-charting to ensure patient data protection, and are only accepting walk-in patients. 

Janiszewski says the IT team hopes to have the issue resolved by Sunday.

C.E.O. Daniel C. Dunmyer says the hospital paid “no money” to ransomware cyber criminals.

The Emergency rooms are back open but on a yellow diversion, which means EMS has to call the hospital first to see if it’s a case they can handle at this time.

Dunmyer says the most important thing is that no patient records were involved in the hack, and they are able to get back up and running thanks to their back-up system. “We back-up our hospital systems daily, so that’s what’s going to allow us to get back into forum by the end of the week.”

Dunmeyer says about 30 to 40 computers out of over 1300 computers were infected with the ransomware.

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