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Heritage Valley shutters lab services Wednesday after cyberattack

A day after being hit as part of a global cyberattack, a Western Pennsylvania health network closed lab services at most of its non-hospital locations.

Heritage Valley Health System announced on its site Wednesday morning that lab and diagnostic services at its neighborhood and community locations will be closed for the day because computers are still not operational. Those services will still be available at its Beaver and Sewickley hospitals.


The announcement comes

by the Peyta cyberattack that impacted its computer system. Doctors and nurses could not access patient records, X-rays or test results. They were still treating patients.

"Corrective measures supplied by our antivirus software vendor have been developed and are being implemented and tested within the health system," the network said in a release.

Heritage Valley has two hospitals - one in Beaver and one in Sewickley - and 60 doctors' offices along with 18 satellite centers. It employs more than 3,500 people and provides care in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Allegheny counties.

A spokeswoman told Channel 11 they have found no evidence that patient information has been accessed, but they are still investigating.

Doctors and nurses still able to work are not using computers, instead using pen and paper to chart for patients.

Heritage Valley also reiterated that protecting the confidentiality of patient information is a priority as the investigation is ongoing.