AIIMS Delhi Server Down In Suspected Ransomware Attack; OPD, Other Services Hit

AIIMS and NIC will take due precautions to prevent future such attacks. As of 7.30 pm, the hospital services are running on manual mode, AIIMs said.

AIIMS Delhi Server Down In Suspected Ransomware Attack; OPD, Other Services Hit

Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMs server that is used for the National Informatics Centre has been down since 7 am on Wednesday, and National Informatics Centre (NIC) working at AIIMS has informed that this may be a ransomware attack, which is being reported to and will be investigated by appropriate law enforcement authorities, AIIMS said in a statement.

The attack has affected the healthcare centre's outpatient department (OPD) and sample collection services. All these services are running in manual mode at present, AIIMS authorities said on Wednesday.

AIIMS also said that it is taking measures to restore the digital services and is seeking support from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and National Informatics Centre (NIC).

"With the server being down, the outpatient and inpatient digital hospital services, including smart lab, billing, report generation and appointment system, among others have been affected," an AIIMS official said. Besides, the smart lab, report generation, billing and appointment systems were also affected.

The OPD and sample collection were handled manually but the sample collection system for those who do not have a Unique Health Identification was affected, another official said.

As each sample collected requires a barcode for tracking, the server going down has led to very few samples being collected, he added. Measures are being taken to restore the digital services and support is being sought from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and NIC, AIIMS said in the statement.

"AIIMS and NIC will take due precaution to prevent future such attacks. As of 7.30 pm, the hospital services are running on manual mode," it added.

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