Temple University Health System email, scheduling systems breached

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Philadelphia-based Temple University Health System's computer system was compromised in late August, impacting operations including email and patient scheduling, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.

The breach, first reported by local radio station KYW, began late on Aug. 28; by early Aug. 30, affected systems were back online and the hack's impact was "being reversed," according to a statement from the spokesperson, who added, "The safety and quality of the care we provide remains our highest priority, and we thank everyone for their understanding and patience."

Temple Health CEO Larry Kaiser, MD, declined to comment on whether the breach was a ransomware attack in a Sept. 10 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"It just goes to show, even at places that have really superb cybersecurity there's vulnerability. I think it really does point out how vigilant places need to be," Dr. Kaiser told the publication.

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