Pennsylvania-based health system hit by cyberattack

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) – A hospital and health care system based in western Pennsylvania is dealing with a cyberattack, the same type of intrusion that hit a number of organizations around the world.

Heritage Valley Health System spokeswoman Suzanne Sakson says it’s been determined Tuesday’s the attack is related to the outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software that caused mass disruptions worldwide Tuesday.

Some patients were posting on social media that their surgeries were postponed over the outage.

Sakson says the health system is using the same emergency procedures it employs during any disaster.

Heritage Valley is a $480 million network that provides care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; parts of eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia.

Its two hospitals have about 500 beds.

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