Health systems disconnect from Change Healthcare amid attack

Some health systems disconnected from Optum's Change Healthcare as of Feb. 23 following a cyberattack that affected the company.

Matt Mattei, spokesperson for Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger told news outlet The Citizens' Voice Feb. 22 that when the health system learned of the attack on Change Healthcare, it "immediately severed all connections between Change Healthcare and Geisinger systems."

"Protecting our patients and members is our top priority, and we will continue to take all necessary measures to protect their information," he continued.

Meanwhile, Buffalo, N.Y.-based Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued a notice on their website stating that its information technology and security teams have "disabled Change Healthcare affiliated products," due to the cybsercurity incident.  

Change Healthcare was hit by a cybersecurity incident on Feb. 21, and wrote in a Feb. 23 update on its site that it is "working on multiple approaches to restore the impacted environment." 

This comes as the American Hospital Association is warning all hospitals and health systems to disconnect from Change Healthcare systems. 

"We recommend that all healthcare organizations that were disrupted or are potentially exposed by this incident consider disconnection from Optum until it is independently deemed safe to reconnect to Optum," the association wrote in a Feb. 22 news release. 

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