Ransomware detected in Great Plains Health computer network

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (NBC Nebraska News 2) -- According to Great Plains Health officials, around 7 p.m. Monday, ransomware was detected in the Great Plains Health computer network.

The hospital's information systems team immediately identified the issue and worked through the night to minimize the impact to local health services.

"We are confident that patient information was not breached in any way," said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health CEO. "We will however, do a full audit to further investigate."

According to GPHealth, with both weather-related issues and some systems impacted by the ransomware breach, the hospital is canceling many non-emergent patient appointments and procedures on Tuesday. Surgeries and select imaging procedures will continue as scheduled. Patients affected are being notified and will be rescheduled.

GPHealth said they will release more information as it becomes available.