‘Significant’ cyberattack targets UVM health network in Vermont, northern New York

A cyberattack this week disrupted services at the University of Vermont Health Network, with facilities in Vermont and northern New York still experiencing problems as of Friday.  

UVM representatives told the local NBC affiliate that six hospitals were affected by a “significant and ongoing system-wide network issue.”

The attack rendered the MyChart Patient Portal – which individuals can use to schedule appointments and access health information, including lab results – unuseable throughout the network.   

“FBI Albany can confirm we are investigating a potential cyberattack at UVM Health, along with our federal, state and local partners. This is an active investigation, and we decline to comment further at this time,” said an FBI spokesperson to Healthcare IT News.  

Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling told NBC, “We haven’t had a disruption of such a large component of our operational landscape since the beginning of these kinds of events.  

“I think it’s fair to characterize this as the most significant we’re aware of,” Schirling continued.  

WHY IT MATTERS  

According to the most recent update on the UVM website, services were still disrupted at the Central Vermont Medical Center, the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and the UVM Medical Center.

The system noted that