CommonSpirit Health suffers a computer security incident

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CommonSpirit Health, the large 142-hospital system, suffered what the health system called a “computer security incident.”

The incident is impacting some CommonSpirit facilities and some patient appointments have been postponed, according to the health system.

“As a precaution, we have taken certain computer systems offline, which in some of our divisions includes electronic health record systems and other systems,” CommonSpirit said in a statement Monday. “Our facilities follow existing protocols for system outages and take steps to minimize disruption. We take our responsibility to ensure patient privacy and IT security very seriously.”

No breach for the security flaw has been released.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives partnered in 2019 to form CommonSpirit Health, the new 21-state nonprofit Catholic health system.

The hacking incident affected the local CHI Memorial Hospital, according to The Chattanoogan.com in Tennessee. CHI officials said some patient procedures needed to be rescheduled and some systems taken offline, according to the report.

THE GREAT TREND

Last April, CommonSpirit Health signed an agreement for Trinity Health to acquire all facilities and assets of MercyOne, an Iowa-based regional health system.

Eight hospitals were to change their names under the Trinity Health banner. The acquisition was finalized last September.

Since 1998, MercyOne has operated under a joint operating agreement between Catholic nonprofit health organizations Trinity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, which is now called CommonSpirit.

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