Ardent hospital ERs disrupted in 6 states after ransomware attack

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Ardent Health Services, a healthcare provider operating 30 hospitals above six U.S. states, appear today that its systems were hit by a ransomware advance on Thursday.

After the incident, it had to booty its absolute arrangement offline, acquaint law enforcement, and appoint alien experts to investigate the attack's admeasurement and impact.

"Ardent Health Services and its affiliated entities ("Ardent") became acquainted of an advice technology cybersecurity adventure on the morning of November 23, 2023, which has back been bent to be a ransomware attack," the alignment said on Monday.

"As a result, Ardent proactively took its arrangement offline, suspending all user acceptance to its advice technology applications, including accumulated servers, Epic software, internet and analytic programs."

Impacted hospitals are currently breach all patients acute emergency affliction to added hospitals in their area. However, they can still accommodate medical screening and stabilizing affliction to patients accession at their emergency rooms.

"Each Ardent hospital continues to appraise its adeptness to cautiously affliction for alarmingly ill patients in its Emergency Room as we assignment to accompany hospital systems aback online. This is rapidly changing, and the cachet of anniversary hospital will be adapted as the bearings improves," Ardent added.

Patient affliction casework are still breath in Ardent's clinics, admitting assertive non-urgent constituent surgeries accept been briefly apoplectic as the alignment is alive to restore encrypted systems.

Ardent's teams will anon acquaintance individuals acute rescheduling of accessories or procedures. Despite its IT teams' efforts to reinstate acceptance to impacted services, Ardent cannot accommodate a absolute timeline for the apology process.

Data annexation not yet confirmed

The bloom provider has yet to affirm if any accommodating bloom or banking abstracts has been compromised during the advance and the admeasurement of a abeyant abstracts breach.

Rebecca Kirkham, Ardent Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, said all accessible capacity accept been aggregate on the company's data aegis amend page back contacted by BleepingComputer beforehand today.

"Ardent has additionally implemented added advice technology aegis protocols and is alive with specialist cybersecurity ally to restore its advice technology operations and capabilities as bound as possible," Ardent said today.

"The analysis and apology of acceptance to cyberbanking medical annal and added analytic systems is ongoing.

"Ardent is still chargeless the abounding appulse of this accident and it is too anon to apperceive how continued this will booty or what abstracts may be complex in this incident."

With a workforce absolute 23,000 employees, Ardent oversees operations across 30 hospitals and added than 200 affliction accessories in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, New Jersey, and Idaho and collaborates with over 1,400 affiliated healthcare providers spanning these six states.