HAZARD — Late last month a computer virus shut down Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s (ARH) web-services in its Kentucky and West Virginia facilities. ARH released a statement last week that said their operations have returned to normal.
Currently ARH doesn’t believe employees or patients personal or financial information have been accessed.
ARH said they working with authorities in the investigation of the cyberattack; they also said authorities asked them not go to into specific details of the cyberattack.
“We appreciate the patience that has been shown by our patients and our staff as our IT team is safely bringing our system back online with tighter security measures in place,” said Vice President of Medical Affairs Maria Braman.
Braman said the quick response of ARH’s IT team limited the computer virus effectiveness.
She also thanked the communities patience during this time, “We appreciate the patience that has been shown by our patients and our staff as our IT team is safely bringing our system back online with tighter security measures in place.”
Braman said the computer shutdown showed ARH could provide quality healthcare despite the inconvenience the cyberattack caused.
“The team at ARH is firmly committed to our communities and can rise above any circumstance to put the care of our patients first,” said Braman.
ARH hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and home health have returned to normal operations.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.