Mammograms lost in IT failure

Last updated 13:06 19/02/2014

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An IT failure at the Southern District Health Board has led to the loss of information being kept about women who had been tested for breast cancer in Southland.

The failure resulted in 3850 mammograms taken between February 1 and October 31, 2012, being lost.

Southern DHB chief executive Carole Heatly said the board apologised to the people in Southland whose images have been lost.

The images were lost because of an incorrectly configured server that failed to back up the copies of the images, thereby losing them, she said.

There was no change in the outcome from those mammography images and all lost images had been read by doctors and their reports remained in each person's clinical file, she said. 

''We are working hard to ensure this failure is not repeated, and I urge anyone who needs more information to please call our contact line 0800 214 579. And I would like to again apologise for this error.''

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