DES MOINES, Iowa – MercyOne hospitals and clinics in central Iowa are taking some of their IT systems offline.

The decision follows what MercyOne is calling an “IT security incident.”

A spokesperson says the decision to take some systems offline could impact electronic health records. MercyOne is following internal protocols intended to minimize disruption. The health system released this full statement:

“MercyOne Central Iowa continues to use CommonSpirit Health technology as we prepare to integrate into Trinity Health. CommonSpirit is managing an IT security incident which is impacting some of our facilities. As a precautionary step we have taken certain IT systems offline, which may include electronic health record (EHR) systems and other systems. Our facilities are following existing protocols for system outages and taking steps to minimize the disruption.”