AIIMS ransomware attack: hospital server affected for two days straight
Ransomware attack on AIIMS in Delhi
The National Informatics Center (NIC) has issued a statement that India’s leading public medical facility, AIIMS Delhi, has been affected by a ransomware attack on its server. E hospital services of the organization were affected as a result. The problem has stopped at the hospital for two days as various government agencies are gearing up to solve the problem.
Basic facilities like Patient data systems and daily operations including OPD registrations and blood sample reports. Other critical operations such as smart lab, billing, report generation, appointment system etc. which manage outpatient and inpatient hospital services are also not well.
This has become a major problem with rescheduling of patients seeking medical attention. The Outpatient Department (OPD) at AIIMS, Delhi treats thousands of patients every day. Currently, staff are reported to be manually doing documentation and other formal procedures to implement workflows. In a related case, a patient from Neemuch who came to collect his blood sample reports on Wednesday requested to visit again on Monday to collect it.
An FIR has been registered with the Cyber Crime / IFSO Unit of Delhi Police. “The Additional Security Officer at AIIMS, Delhi reported the computer incident. Based on the report, an FIR under Section 385 IPC, Section 66/66F IT Act was registered by IFSO, Special Cell. The matter is being investigated.” A senior police officer said. AIIMS officials on Thursday informed that various government agencies are working to resolve the issue and help bring back full functionality to the institution.
Meanwhile, some official sources told the media that the services of E Hospital at AIIMS, Delhi will be constructed and restored in the next two days to regain digitization of some basic functions.