The laptop community has crashed and been offline for greater than every week at a Brooklyn hospital group chaired by a billionaire mega donor to Gov. Kathy Hochul — inflicting chaos for sufferers and medical employees, sources stated Monday.
Patients from Brookdale, Interfaith and Kingsbrook Jewish hospitals — a part of the One Brooklyn Health System — have needed to search remedy at different hospitals amid the cybersecurity mess, which has left medical staffers unable to entry affected person data, sources advised The Post.
The IT crash — which was first reported by The City — can also be a possible safety danger for sufferers’ personal knowledge, stated an business supply, who additionally blasted state officers for failing to right away step in and arrange a plan to repair the difficulty.
“A major safety-net hospital system in Brooklyn that receives huge subsidies from the State loses its IT systems and is unable to access patient medical records, laboratory results, etc. And this has been going on for a week,” the supply stated.
“Absolutely no coordination with other hospitals in Brooklyn to assist with the patients even though One Brooklyn is transferring patients to them without any explanation.”
At the identical time, the business insider stated, FDNY’s EMS service saved sending its ambulances to One Brooklyn hospitals as a result of nobody advised them that One Brooklyn had an IT drawback.
“Absolutely no coordination. Absolutely no communication. Where is the [governor’s office]? Where is the State DOH [Department of Health]?,” the supply stated.
The state Health Department, which regulates hospitals, issued a terse assertion that didn’t make clear the reason for the IT system crash.
“We are aware of the incident, and we are working with One Brooklyn Hospital Network to ensure patient safety. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further,” stated DOH spokesman Jeffrey Hammond.
One Brooklyn chief government officer LaRay Brown, in a press release to The City, additionally gave scant particulars on the reason for the pc methods crash.
“One Brooklyn Health (OBH) recently experienced an incident resulting in a network disruption. Immediately upon discovering the incident, we took certain systems offline to contain the disruption,” the assertion stated.
“Our IT team is continuing to work diligently with the support of third-party advisors to ensure that our systems are brought back online as quickly and safely as possible, and in a way that prioritizes patient care.”
Hochul attended a secret assembly in September on the Upper East Side townhouse of Alexander Rovt, who’s chairman of the board of the One Brooklyn Health System.
State marketing campaign finance data present Rovt and his spouse, Olga, donated the utmost $139,400 mixed to Hochul’s marketing campaign.
The state funds — authorized by Hochul and the legislature in April — pumped $1.7 billion right into a community of “financially distressed” hospitals that embrace Rovt’s One Brooklyn system.
Cyberattacks towards hospitals and different medical amenities are a significant drawback and infrequently results in elevated affected person dying charges, in line with a examine printed by the Ponemon Institute.
In a ransomware assault, hackers acquire entry to a company’s laptop networks, lock up data and knowledge and demand cost.
Hospitals don’t at all times open up to the general public once they’ve been victims. But cyber assaults have steadily elevated yearly with 297 identified assaults final yr, in line with a survey the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, which was provided to NBC News.
Two-thirds of hospital IT professionals within the Ponemon examine who have been victims of ransomware assaults stated they disrupted affected person care, and 59% of respondents discovered they elevated the size of sufferers’ stays. Nearly one-quarter stated they led to elevated mortality charges at their amenities.
Safety web hospitals working within the pink or a shoestring funds are prime targets of cyber attackers as a result of they could not have essentially the most superior IT protections to stop an assault, business sources stated.