Great Plains Health cancels nonemergency procedures after ransomware attack

Mackenzie Garrity - Print  | 

North Platte, Neb.-based Great Plains Health is working to restore its email, EHR and other computer services after being targeted in a ransomware attack Nov. 25, according to local NBC affiliate KNOP.

Hospital officials have turned to paper forms and are using Facebook to keep the public informed. Great Plains Health CEO Mel McNea said he does not believe any patient information has been exposed.

Great Plains Health did have to cancel some nonemergency appointments and procedures earlier in the week. However, officials say the hospital is now operating as usual. The FBI and other cybersecurity experts are at the hospital working to solve the issue.

Fiona Libsack, chief development officer of Great Plains Health, is telling others in the area to be cautious.

"They target geographic areas. And so we would ask the community to be very careful if you're receiving any suspicious phone calls, to know that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. And make sure that you are not giving out Social Security numbers or anything like that. If there is suspicious activity on your personal computer or your business computer make sure you're changing passwords," Ms. Libsack told KNOP

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