CHI Health Systems IT Security Incident: St. Luke’s in Houston Hit by Nationwide Outage

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — You may not see an appointment on Tuesday if you are seen at a St. Luke’s health facility.

The hospital system serving the Houston area has confirmed that its parent company CommonSprit Health is handling a “computer security incident” affecting some of its facilities nationwide.

“As a precaution, we have taken certain IT systems offline, which may include electronic health record (EHR) systems and other systems. Our facilities are following existing protocols for system outages and taking steps to minimize disruption,” St. Luke’s said. statement read in part.

The health system adds that some patients should expect appointments to be rescheduled and direct communication from their provider or healthcare facility if they are affected.

“Our hospitals are up and running,” a rep for St. Luke told ABC13.

The IT security incident is also impacting CHI Health facilities elsewhere, including Nebraskawhere the health system serves the state’s largest city, Omaha.

The health system could not clarify the extent of the security incident, including whether any information was exposed.

In June, St. Luke’s Health informed patients that a “cybersecurity event” may have exposed certain people’s protected health information, including names, social security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth.

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