A cyberattack on Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province of Canada, has resulted in significant disruption for healthcare providers and medical facilities.
The incident occurred on October 30th, causing regional health systems to close down their systems and call off thousands of medical consultations.
The Central Health, Eastern Health, Western Health, and Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health authorities were all affected by the outage.
📰A provincial IT systems outage is currently impacting some information systems at @LGHealthNL. We are working with @NLCHItweets @HCS_GovNL to resolve issues. https://t.co/vI3lLYPD8m pic.twitter.com/jNRsUqqtIy
— LG Health (@LGHealthNL) October 30, 2021
According to BleepingComputer, the IT disruption has also hampered communications in the area, with people reporting that they couldn’t contact the medical facilities or 911 by phone.
The Department of Health and Community Services declared on Sunday that, with the cooperation of the managed service provider Bell Aliant, they had begun an investigation in order to understand the nature and extent of the attack.
Back to the Beginnings: Pen and Paper
Because emails are down and doctors are unable to register new patients or upload and access personal health information on the database, numerous impacted medical centers have gone back to pen and paper.