Mississippi system delaying surgeries as Epic EHR experiences outage

Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Singing River Health System said its Epic EHR system was hacked during a Aug. 21 cyberattack, hindering some of its day-to-day operations, WLOX reported Aug. 30. 

According to Singing River, some surgeries have been delayed, prescriptions are being written by hand and some patients are being transferred to other hospitals as it deals with the effects of the attack. 

"The two biggest limiting factors when we got started in this crisis, was our ability to do imaging studies and look at them in real time," Randy Roth, MD, Singing River's chief medical officer, told the publication. "The second thing is our electronic medical records allow us to look back at old records, and that ability has almost been 100 percent taken away."

Dr. Roth also said the attack has caused Singing River to be about 20 to 25 percent down on all of its specialties. 

"Our expectations are to be back up, in some way, shape or form, today," he told the publication. 

As of Aug. 30, Singing River has not yet restored its systems, and its breach notification hasn't been updated since Aug. 21.

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