Medscripts Inc

The Erie County Medical Center, a 550-bed hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., has been hit by a computer virus and in response has shut down the facility’s email, electronic health record system and website as a precautionary measure. ECMC’s Terrace View long-term care facility has also been affected.

A virus was detected early Sunday morning at ECMC, which is the primary teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo, according to Peter Cutler, vice president of communications and external affairs.

In accordance with organizational protocols, Cutler says that the hospital’s IT team “shut our system down” and that as of Tuesday afternoon, he said it remained out of commission.

“The electronic health record system is not running but it has not been affected as far as we can tell,” he adds. Based on an assessment of its EHR, Cutler contends that “at this stage, we’ve not detected that there’s been any compromise…

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