CHI Health Systems IT security incident: St. Luke’s in Houston affected by nationwide outage

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — You may not look through a Tuesday appointment if you are seen at a St. Luke’s Health facility.

The hospital system that serves the Houston area confirmed that its parent company CommonSprit Health is managing an “IT security incident” affecting some of its facilities across the country.

“As a precautionary measure, we have taken certain IT systems offline, including Electronic Health Record (EHR) and other systems. Our facilities follow existing protocols for system outages and are taking steps to minimize the disruption,” a St. Luke’s statement read in part.

The health system adds that some patients should expect appointments to be rescheduled and communicated directly by their provider or care facility if impacted.

“Our hospitals are operational,” a St. Luke representative told ABC13.

The IT security incident is also impacting CHI Health facilities in other places, including Nebraskawhere the health care system serves the state’s largest city, Omaha.

The health system could not elaborate on the magnitude of the security incident, including whether any information was disclosed.

Back in June, St. Luke’s Health informed patients that a “cybersecurity event” may have disclosed some individuals’ proprietary health information, including names, social security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth.

ABC13’s Daniela Hurtado is keeping track of the facts on this developing story. Get instant updates by following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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