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Hospital digital system recovering from virus

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Local hospitals in the Espanola, Blind River, Elliot Lake and Manitoulin Island should see a return to full digital status soon to register patients instead of having to use pen and paper.
Health Sciences North in Sudbury says it is on track to start turning back on some of its computer systems it had to shut down due to a computer virus.

On Saturday, HSN communication specialist, Jason Turnbull said good progress has been made by the IT team for the progressive restoration of the systems that are down.

Last Wednesday, the hospital was hit by a computer zero virus, one that has no options available for repair.
All 24 hospitals in northeastern Ontario rely on Health Sciences North’s information technology platforms.
Some systems were shut down at all the hospitals including Espanola, Elliot Lake, Blind River and Manitoulin Island.

Several appointments had to be cancelled and there were longer waiting times in emergency.

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Some lab services and medical imagery were not available either.

The system is expected to be returned to normal by Tuesday.

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