Computers off, internet access prohibited: Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône) hospital must use “old ways“to process patient records.”We went back to pure paper, explains Dr. Frédéric Verbois, head of the emergency department. You have the names of the patients who are registered, and then as and when the teams note the reasons, where the patients are installed, who takes care of them, what to expectFiles are transferred from one department to another using carts.

The source of the outage was malware that blocked hospital data and demanded a ransom in order to get the system back to work. In addition to Villefranche-sur-Saône, the Tarare and Trévoux sites, belonging to the same hospital group, are concerned, for a total of 3,000 computers affected. All non-urgent operations have been postponed, but the hospital assures patients on site are safe. An investigation for attempted extortion was opened.

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