Florida-based hospital network Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) has taken its IT systems offline following a security incident that occurred in early February 2023, and has canceled all non-emergency surgical and outpatient procedures.
The IT shutdown was result of an apparent cyberattack, according to CNN. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare says it is diverting some emergency medical services and is only accepting level 1 traumas from Leon County, along with immediate surrounding counties in Florida, and patients experiencing strokes and heart attacks.
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare contacted appropriate law enforcement when the incident occurred and is continuing to work with them. The organization is following existing protocols for system downtime and taking steps to minimize the disruption.
“Caring for our patients is our top priority, and we have protocols in place to care for patients in the event of an IT downtime such as this,” Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare says. “We are safely caring for all patients currently in our hospital, and we are not moving patients to other facilities. However, we have rescheduled non-emergency patient appointments. Patients will be contacted directly by their provider and/or care facility if their appointment is affected.
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system serving a 17-county region in North Florida & South Georgia.