IT network crash in Brooklyn hospitals with links to high ul

The computer network has crashed and been down for more than a week at a Brooklyn hospital group chaired by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s billionaire mega-donor — causing chaos for patients and medical staff, sources said on Monday.

Patients from Jewish hospitals at Brookdale, Interfaith and Kingsbrook — part of the One Brooklyn Health System — have had to seek treatment at other hospitals amid cybersecurity chaos, leaving medical staff without access to patient records, sources told the Post.

The IT crash – first reported by The City – is also a potential security risk for patients’ private data, said an industry source, who also denounced state officials for not immediately stepping in and organizing a plan to fix the problem had.

“A large safety net hospital system in Brooklyn, receiving huge subsidies from the state, loses its IT systems and cannot access patient records, lab results, etc. And it’s been like this for a week,” the source said.

Brookdale
When Brookdale’s computer systems crashed, patients had to seek treatment at other hospitals.
Set Gottfried

“Absolutely no coordination with other Brooklyn hospitals to help patients, although One Brooklyn transfers patients there with no explanation.”

At the same time, the industry insider said, FDNY’s ambulance service continued to dispatch its ambulances to One Brooklyn hospitals because no one told them One Brooklyn had an IT problem.

“Absolutely no coordination. Absolutely no communication. Where is that, that, that [governor’s office]? Where is the state DOH [Department of Health]?” said the source.

The state health department, which regulates hospitals, issued a terse statement that did not shed light on the cause of the IT system crash.

Governor Hochul
Governor Hochul has ties to billionaire mega-donor Alexander Rovt.
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“We are aware of the incident and are working with One Brooklyn Hospital Network to ensure patient safety. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further,” said DOH spokesman Jeffrey Hammond.

A Brooklyn chief executive officer, LaRay Brown, also gave scant details about the cause of the computer system crash in a statement to The City.

“A Brooklyn Health (OBH) recently experienced an incident that resulted in a network disruption. Immediately upon discovery of the incident, we took certain systems offline to contain the disruption,” the statement said.

“Our IT team continues to work diligently with the support of outside consultants to ensure our systems are brought back online as quickly and safely as possible, in a manner that prioritizes patient care.”

Brooklyn Hospital.
Cyber ​​security attacks are a major problem for hospitals, which can lead to an increase in patient deaths.
Paul Martinka

Hochul attended a secret meeting in September at the Upper East Side townhouse of Alexander Rovt, the chief executive officer of One Brooklyn Health System.

State campaign funding records show that Rovt and his wife Olga together donated a maximum of $139,400 to Hochul’s campaign.

The state budget – approved by Hochul and the Legislature in April – pumped $1.7 billion into a network of “financially troubled” hospitals that includes Rovt’s One Brooklyn system.

According to a study published by the Ponemon Institute, cyber attacks on hospitals and other medical facilities are a major problem and often result in increased patient mortality rates.

In a ransomware attack, hackers gain access to an organization’s computer networks, lock down records and data, and demand payment.

Hospitals don’t always publicize when they’ve been victims. However, according to a survey made available to NBC News by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, cyberattacks have been steadily increasing each year, with 297 known attacks in the last year.

Two-thirds of hospital IT professionals in the Ponemon study who fell victim to ransomware attacks said they disrupted patient care, and 59% of respondents said they increased patient length of stay. Almost a quarter said this has led to an increased mortality rate in their facilities.

Safety net hospitals operating in the red or on a tight budget are prime targets for cyber attackers as they may not have the most advanced IT protections to prevent an attack, industry sources say.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/it-network-crash-at-brooklyn-hospitals-with-ties-to-hochul/ IT network crash in Brooklyn hospitals with links to high ul

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