A healthcare provider in Vermont has suffered cyber attack, which resulted in a delay in the installation of an electronic health record (EHR) system. It is noteworthy that this attack cost the provider millions of dollars in lost income. The University of Vermont Health Network (UVM), based in Burlington, was hit by a ransomware attack in October 2020, but has not yet fully recovered. Most systems IT were restored. However, some applications are still out of order, causing delays in various departments, including radiology.
The network serves much of Vermont and parts of New York City. When the hackers "Hit" six of them hospitals of the network, Vermont Governor Phil Scott considered the situation serious enough to be worth developing. Vermont Army National Guard's Combined Cyber Response Team 1, to assist in the recovery effort.
In December, the CEO of the UVM Health Network, Dr. Stephen Leffler said the cyber-attack cost the health network about $ 1,5 million a day in lost revenue and rehabilitation costs.
According to Infosecurity Magazine, the UVM Health Network completed the first phase of the Epic EHR system implementation in November 2019, adding additional clinical and administrative possibilities for inpatient and outpatient settings that included clinical care, billing, registration, and scheduling. Phases two and three are scheduled to take place in March and November 2021 respectively. However, the effects of ransomware attack combined with the impact of its pandemic COVID-19: The plans have gone back and so phases two and three will be implemented in November 2021 and April 2022, pending approval by the Green Mountain Care Board.
John Brumsted, MD (Doctor of Medicine), President and CEO of the UVM Health Network, said in a statement: "In 2020, our network, like the rest of the world, faced enormous challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was further burdened by a ransomware attack. An electronic file health is one of the most important things we can do to ensure high quality care and create a seamless experience for them. patients us. That is why it is absolutely crucial for our patients, our people and our communities to implement this system properly. "Given the obstacles we have faced over the last year, changing the timetable for setting up the EHR is the right thing to do."