Great Plains Health recovers from cyber attack

 Staff worked diligently to recover from cyber attack. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)-
Staff worked diligently to recover from cyber attack. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)- (KNOP)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 6:36 PM CST
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After hours and hours spent working, Great Plains Health is 80 percent recovered from their breach attack in November.

While they are not finished, they have secured patient information. All that is left to recover is archived information that is not typically used often. Staff across the hospital made sure systems were back online as soon as possible. Some put in as much as 36 hours straight when it initially was breached to make sure to recover information as quickly as possible.

Brandon Kelliher, the CIO at Great Plains said patient information is safe.

"All of the important patient systems are in the first 40 percent of the systems that have to be recovered. So I can say confidently the systems that we are recovering now have little or no effect on any kind of patient care," said Kelliher.

Cyber attacks are consistent, the hospital says they and all other companies fight 1000s of attacks a day and work diligently to keep things moving correctly and safely.

"During the first couple days of the disaster we had nurses that volunteered to stay all night and help enter data in order to get the systems fully operational as quickly as possible," said Kelliher, "They didn't have to do that they just did it out of the goodness of their heart because they understood the importance of this facility as well as the community they live in."

All the critical patient systems were brought up in two weeks. They did not have to turn away any patients. The Same server attacked multiple systems across the nation. The hospital says many stepped up to help solve the attack.