SingHealth cyber attack: Delinking PCs from Internet causes some inconvenience to patients

Staff at public healthcare institutions find other methods to complete routine tasks

The preventive measures were taken after the authorities revealed that a cyber attack had compromised the personal information of around 1.5 million SingHealth patients.
The preventive measures were taken after the authorities revealed that a cyber attack had compromised the personal information of around 1.5 million SingHealth patients. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Staff at Singapore's public healthcare institutions have had to find alternative methods for routine tasks since their computers were temporarily delinked from the Internet last week.

At SingHealth institutions, this means deaths have to be registered at police stations for now, while new parents have to register births directly with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'Delinking PCs from Net causes some inconvenience to patients'. Subscribe