Northern Light Health computer servers hacked, no patient information leaked

On Saturday afternoon, Northern Light Health computer servers were hacked, but patient records were not leaked.The health system confirmed the news in a social media post Saturday night.During the hack, Northern Light says they took patient records systems offline while they started to investigate the server breach.Northern Light Health hospitals remained open while servers were down. The health system said patient care was not affected, adding that staff trains for situations like this.Northern Light Health continued to say in their Facebook post: “We are aware that some misinformation has circulated about this situation. Much of this information is incorrect. At this time, we have no reason to believe any of our patient information has been compromised. We have not been contacted by any third party and there is no indication that any of our information is being held for ransom. We have full control of our HVAC and security systems. We made the decision to take all sensitive information systems offline ourselves, including our electronic health record, out of an abundance of caution while this incident is investigated. The incident has been reported to the appropriate authorities. We will share more information with our patients, staff, and communities as it becomes available. In the meantime, we remain at the ready to deliver great care.”On Sunday night, Karen Sanborn a spokesperson for Northern Light Health gave an update via email:As we have already shared, yesterday our computer monitoring systems revealed that some of our computer servers had been compromised. None of the affected servers contain patient information, however out of an abundance of caution we made the decision to take our patient records systems offline and use downtime procedures while we investigate what happened and implement any remedial measures.Our teams have worked around the clock this weekend to conduct a thorough review of our servers and ensure they are in working order. We are continuing this work throughout the night and anticipate our electronic medical records will be back online during the day tomorrow. This is a big job, and our focus as always is patient safety and privacy.This story will be updated as we learn more information.

On Saturday afternoon, Northern Light Health computer servers were hacked, but patient records were not leaked.

The health system confirmed the news in a social media post Saturday night.

During the hack, Northern Light says they took patient records systems offline while they started to investigate the server breach.

Northern Light Health hospitals remained open while servers were down. The health system said patient care was not affected, adding that staff trains for situations like this.

Northern Light Health continued to say in their Facebook post:

“We are aware that some misinformation has circulated about this situation. Much of this information is incorrect. At this time, we have no reason to believe any of our patient information has been compromised. We have not been contacted by any third party and there is no indication that any of our information is being held for ransom. We have full control of our HVAC and security systems. We made the decision to take all sensitive information systems offline ourselves, including our electronic health record, out of an abundance of caution while this incident is investigated. The incident has been reported to the appropriate authorities. We will share more information with our patients, staff, and communities as it becomes available. In the meantime, we remain at the ready to deliver great care.”

On Sunday night, Karen Sanborn a spokesperson for Northern Light Health gave an update via email:

As we have already shared, yesterday our computer monitoring systems revealed that some of our computer servers had been compromised. None of the affected servers contain patient information, however out of an abundance of caution we made the decision to take our patient records systems offline and use downtime procedures while we investigate what happened and implement any remedial measures.

Our teams have worked around the clock this weekend to conduct a thorough review of our servers and ensure they are in working order. We are continuing this work throughout the night and anticipate our electronic medical records will be back online during the day tomorrow. This is a big job, and our focus as always is patient safety and privacy.

This story will be updated as we learn more information.