There has been a massive cyberattack at the most expensive private hospitals in Islamabad, Maroof International Hospital.
On Feb 13th, the server was hacked and the entire database of patient data was at stake. The cyberattack was so severe that the Operating System of the hospital PCs was crashed. The internal operations of Maroof Hospital came to a halt.
The administration was compelled to do everything manually since the attack. Patients visiting Maroof Hospital since Feb 13th have their data entered manually on a piece a paper. Then that paper is forwarded to the concerned doctor/consultant. The procedure is quite similar to that in a district government hospital, ProPakistani was told by Muhammad Sohail, head of MIS and Communications at Maroof International
Also, the Radiology and Laboratory department of the hospital is suffering. Those patients who had their neuro scans, ECGs, sugar, or any other tests after 13th February have not received their reports.
Even though there are technical issues going on, the hospital is still conducting medical tests, however, the reports are not being issued on time.
It is claimed that Maroof Hospital is using the Hospital Information System (HIS) to digitally store and organize medical records. It is developed by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SKMH).
The administration said that they are working on data recovery but did not give any deadline. The incident clearly shows that data security is extremely important in this contemporary world. However, the patient’s data was not compromised.
Updated: Muhammad Sohail, head of MIS and Communications at Maroof International told Research Snipers later that the systems were not actually hacked but shut down due to the attack, the attack was anticipated by the IT professionals on time, there were no signs of data compromise at Maroof International Hospital.