Cyberattack on health services provider impacts 5 Canadian hospitals

Cyberattack on health services provider impacts 5 Canadian hospitals

October 25, 2023 at 02:41PM

A cyberattack on shared service provider TransForm has disrupted operations in five hospitals in Ontario, Canada, forcing patients to reschedule appointments. TransForm, a not-for-profit organization founded by five hospitals, released a statement confirming the IT systems outage caused by the cyberattack. The cause and extent of the incident are under investigation, and it is unclear if patient information was compromised. The affected hospitals have issued a joint statement advising patients of the situation and recommending they refrain from visiting unless it is an emergency.

Meeting Takeaways:

– TransForm, a shared service provider for five hospitals in Ontario, Canada, has experienced a cyberattack, leading to operational disruptions in the hospitals and the rescheduling of appointments.
– TransForm is a not-for-profit organization established by five hospitals in the Erie St. Clair region to manage their IT, supply chain, and accounts payable.
– The cyberattack has caused an outage in TransForm’s IT systems, and the organization is currently investigating the cause and extent of the incident.
– While it is not yet known if patient information was affected, TransForm’s press release advises patients with upcoming appointments to make alternate arrangements.
– The five hospitals impacted by the cyberattack are Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel Dieu Grace, Erie Shores Healthcare, Hospice of Windsor-Essex, and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.
– A joint statement released by the hospitals informs patients of the situation and states that those with scheduled appointments will be contacted to reschedule. Non-emergency patients are encouraged to avoid visiting the hospitals for now.
– Patients who have received healthcare services at the affected institutions in the past are advised to remain cautious and be skeptical of unsolicited communications.
– BleepingComputer has reached out to TransForm for additional information, but there has been no response as of now.

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