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Sky Lakes Medical Center targeted in ransomware attack

Hospital officials say that communication with Sky Lakes will be 'complicated' for the time being, but they do not believe patient information has been compromised.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 3:27 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2020 3:59 PM

UPDATE: Sky Lakes Medical Center is working on restoring its computer systems. The hospital says that they are still up and running for business.

Staff members are resorting back to old school paper work to keep the hospital running. Some processes, like prescription fills are still happening but taking longer to process.

Right now the hospital can not do radiation treatment for cancer patients so some of those patients are rescheduling while other are being referenced to other hospitals.

Sky Lake also says that it is too early to tell what kind of time line they are on, there is no set date when all computer systems will be up and running. Teams are continuing to make progress and have un-covered some clues. 

No patient information has left Sky Lake Medical Center.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Sky Lakes Medical Center announced on Tuesday that it is recovering after a ransomware attack on the hospital's computer systems earlier in the day.

"Our computer systems have been compromised; as of right now we have no evidence that patient information has been compromised," hospital officials said in a brief statement.

Regardless, administrators said, communication with the Medical Center will be "complicated" while its computer systems remain down. Emergency and Urgent Care will still be available in the meantime.

"Our entire Sky Lakes team is working to counter this attack, and we will keep you updated on the ongoing details of our efforts to return business back to normal," Sky Lakes said. "Many scheduled procedures will go on as scheduled, however, if you have questions please contact the hospital or your provider."

Current filled prescriptions will still be available at Sky Lakes pharmacies.

"Please be patient," administrators said. "We are working to ensure all medical needs are taken care of during this time. Sky Lakes is open and, as always, Sky Lakes is safe and is here to care for you."

Ransomware is a type of computer malware designed to threaten the release or loss of sensitive data unless a ransom is paid, often locking the user out of their own system.

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