Akumin, a South Florida-based outpatient radiology and oncology company, has experienced a significant disruption in its services after a recent cyberattack prompted the shutdown of its computer systems.
As a result, patients have been unable to receive essential scans, and doctors are grappling with the inability to access vital medical images for diagnosing conditions. Akumin serves approximately 1,000 hospitals and health systems across 48 states, and it has offices in various Florida locations. The company’s headquarters is located in Plantation.
The incident appears to be the result of a ransomware attack, as reported by the Dow Jones News Service. Patients like Saul Rivera are grappling with the impact, as he expressed frustration at not being able to make an appointment for his ailing wife. A sign placed outside Akumin’s Lake Worth Beach office warns patients of a security incident and the temporary unavailability of appointments until the systems are restored.
Cybersecurity expert Alan Crowetz, owner of Infostream, described the situation as a “nightmare” for patients, expressing concerns about potential data breaches and delays in diagnosis due to the inability to access X-rays and scans. Patients may be waiting for diagnoses of potentially serious medical conditions.
While the situation unfolds, the hope is for a swift resolution, as individuals like Saul Rivera anxiously await the return of the vital medical services provided by Akumin.