UVM restoring access to EHR weeks after cyberattack

The University of Vermont Health Network announced that it has begun restoring access to its electronic health record system at several sites, weeks after the system was hit with a major cyberattack.  

Currently, the Epic EHR is in “read only” status at inpatient and ambulatory sites at UVM Medical Center and at the ambulatory sites at Central Vermont Medical Center, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and Porter Medical Center. The network predicted that the restoration process would take several days.   

“We know the past few weeks have been extremely difficult ones – for patients as well as employees,” read a statement posted Friday on the system’s website. “This major step forward in the recovery from a recent cyberattack event should help alleviate some of the challenges we have faced and improve the efficiency of the care we provide.” 

WHY IT MATTERS  

With the help of the FBI and the Vermont National Guard, the UVM Health Network has been wrestling to get its systems back in operation since it experienced a “significant” attack in late October.   

As of November 16, the system was still reporting outages across a number of its systems, most severely at the University of Vermont