Georgia Hospital and "suspicious network activity"
According to a statement posted on St. Joseph's/Candler's Facebook page, hospital officials became aware of "suspicious network activity" and immediately shut down their computer systems to limit the incident's potential impact. A preliminary investigation determined that the incident involved ransomware.
The hospital system added that law enforcement had been alerted and that it would notify patients if personal or health information was accessed during the incident.
"Nothing is more important to us than continuing to provide the care our patients expect," the statement continued. "Patient care operations continue at our facilities using established back-up processes and other downtime procedures. Our physicians, nurses and staff are trained to provide care in these types of situations and are committed to doing everything they can to mitigate disruption and provide uninterrupted care to our patients."