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Cyberattack on a Chicago children's hospital has shut down its systems for a week

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A children’s hospital in Chicago is struggling to restore its computer systems after a recent cybersecurity incident. Lurie Children’s Hospital has been dealing with a network shutdown for almost a week, resulting in disruptions to email, phone, and other electronic systems. The outage has made it challenging for patients and staff to schedule appointments and access medical records and prescription history. The hospital stated that it is working diligently to resolve the matter, but there is no clarity on when the issue will be fully resolved. The hospital has set up a call center for affected clients. Cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have become increasingly common, with some cases resulting in hospital closures. The Department of Health and Human Services has announced plans to increase federal funding for vulnerable rural hospitals and impose stricter fines for lax security in healthcare providers.