WATERTOWN — Samaritan Medical Center took its computer system offline Saturday after identifying a potential security incident, which it immediately began investigating.
Samaritan, with the assistance of computer forensic professionals, is currently working to restore the system. In the meantime, telephone and fax lines are still working and patient communication is still active.
With protocols in place to handle scenarios such as this, according to a release from Samaritan, the hospital is able to continue providing care to its patients. In accordance with those protocols, and in an abundance of caution, Samaritan is rescheduling some non-urgent patient procedures and appointments due to the outage.
While a full investigation into the potential security incident is ongoing, there is currently no indication that any patient or employee information was involved.