PLHS recently targeted by computer hackers

November 4, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown was the recent victim of a computer hack.

Officials discovered the disruption early last month, and IT staff immediately began to investigate.

They worked quickly to restore critical systems that allowed hospital operations to continue, and engaged a third-party cyber security firm to assist in a thorough investigation and support remediation efforts.

The computer hack had minimal impact on the delivery of patient care.

While the investigation is ongoing, its been determined the network disruption involved unauthorized third party activity within a small number of Prairie Lakes IT systems.

There’s no evidence that there was any unauthorized access to personal or health information.