Cyberattack forces Indiana hospital to cancel elective surgeries, divert ambulances

Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., canceled all remaining elective surgeries around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18, after its IT team discovered a computer virus, reports.

The Lutheran Health Network IT staff stopped the virus in the afternoon, but phones and computers were "taken down" as a precaution, according to the report.

In addition to canceling its remaining elective cases for the day, the hospital diverted incoming ambulances elsewhere. All canceled surgeries will be rescheduled, the spokesperson told

The attack affected all Lutheran Health Network facilities, but Lutheran Hospital was the only facility put on ambulance diversion.

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