Florida hospital takes down IT systems, diverts patients amid IT security issue

Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial HealthCare is canceling outpatient procedures, non-emergency surgical procedures and diverting ambulances as it deals with an IT security issue. 

On Feb. 2, Tallahassee said it took its IT systems offline after it detected an IT security issue. 

As of Feb. 3, the health system will be following downtime procedures to mitigate any further disruption, according to a Feb. 3 breach notification from Tallahassee Memorial.  

The health system is also diverting EMS patients, rescheduling and canceling non-emergency surgical and outpatient procedures for Feb. 6, and said it will only accept level 1 traumas. 

Rebeccah Lutz, director of marketing and communications of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, told the Tallahassee Democrat that this is an "all-hands-on-deck scenario," and that the health system has notified appropriate law enforcement agencies about the situation. 

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare did not mention the cause of the IT incident or if it affected any protected health information stored within its systems, but said it is instructing staff to turn off all personal computers connected to its network until further notice.

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