Ascension health network systems disrupted after suspected cybersecurity event

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Posted at 4:40 PM, May 08, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-08 19:27:36-04

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — Ascension health says some of its technology network systems were disrupted on Wednesday after “unusual activity” was detected.

They believe the incident was a cybersecurity event. The health care company said they responded to the issue immediately and began investigating.

Clinical operations were disrupted. Officials told 7 News Detroit they are looking into the extent of the incident including the duration.

It’s unclear at this time if any other systems were impacted.

Ascension said its teams started procedures to make sure patient care at its facilities could continue safely. The company has called on Mandiant, a third-party expert, to assist with investigating and fixing the issue.

Authorities have been notified and are investigating, the health care company said.

If any sensitive information was compromised, Ascension said people will be notified and supported.

Ascension is recommending that business partners suspend their connections with them temporarily as a precaution. Partners will reportedly be notified when it’s OK to reconnect.

Officials are working to learn more about the incident. Ascension has more information on its website.