Health authorities in the United States (US) and Australia have this week separately reported significant cyberattacks.
Three hospitals in the US were forced to close their doors to new patients on Tuesday following a ransomware attack. Management at the DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center and Fayette Medical Center closed to all but the most critical patients on Tuesday after hackers limited their ability to use their computer systems.
DCH Health System said the move to close the hospital was in the best interests of patient safety and while it had resumed some procedures on Wednesday, it said it was continuing to divert any new admissions, other than those that are critical, to other facilities while its systems were being restored.
Meanwhile, authorities in Australia said information technology systems at a number of hospitals and health services in Gippsland and south-west Victoria had been impacted by a cyber security incident which had led to the shutdown of some patient records, bookings and management systems.
The latest incidents follow a spate of attacks on healthcare in recent years including the worldwide WannaCry attack in 2017. A study published this week estimated that the attack cost the NHS in England £6 million alone.