Prairie Saint John’s still operating amid computer systems shutdown

Universal Health Services, who owns the Fargo hospital, is the victim of one the largest medical cyber attacks in history.

FARGO, N.D. –What is said to be one of the largest medical cyber attacks in history is hitting close to home

Computer systems under Universal Health Services started to fail around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Prairie Saint John’s in Fargo is owned by that company and decided to shut down their IT system completely to ensure the safety of patient information.

The facility says this has not affected patient care and that none of their patients information has been made public.

It does mean that hospital staff has to move from online records to pen and paper.

“Because of the tenure and the track record of our nurses, they have been here so long that they are very accustomed to paper documentation,” said Prairie Saint John’s CEO Jeffrey Herman. “We only transitioned away from it a few years ago. To go back to it, it took a few minutes to say ‘How do we do this again?’ but they are so good at what they do. It has really gone very well.”

The hospital is being updated hourly on what is opening up on the computer systems and expect to have things back to normal soon.

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