UHS says all U.S. facilities affected by apparent ransomware attack

Universal Health Services said Thursday afternoon that it was continuing its efforts to recover from a security issue that led to a network shutdown throughout its United States facilities.   

“The UHS IT Network is in the process of being restored and applications are being reconnected,” said a statement on the website of the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based hospital chain, which operates some 400 hospitals, outpatient clinics and behavioral health centers across the U.S and in the U.K.   

“We have a large number of corporate-level administrative systems, and the recovery process is either complete or well underway in a prioritized manner. We are making steady progress and are confident that we will be able to get hospital networks restored and reconnected soon,” said the Pennsylvania-based system.

A spokesperson told the Associated Press that all 250 UHS facilities in the United States were affected.   

The health system said in the statement that its major information systems, such as the electronic health record, were not directly impacted and that it was “focused on restoring connections to these systems.”   

The statement said that it had no indication that any patient or employee data had been accessed, copied or misused. The system’s operations in