Another Data Bungle: Now It's Kid's Medical Test Results
Thousands of private test results have been available online for 13 years.
Thousands of patients records have been exposed online in a huge data bungle at Adelaide's Women and Children's Hospital.
The data with the names, date of birth and test results for about 7,200 pathology tests was embedded in a document on the hospital's website since 2005.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital Executive Director of Corporate Services, Phil Robinson said “The patient information was included in an academic presentation on childhood infections that was posted to the WCH website in 2005."
The presentation was removed from the WCH website in 2016, however cached versions of those documents were online until yesterday.
“Because the author did not remove the source data in the presentation it was able to be accessed online," he said.
The bungle was reportedly uncovered by a patient's parent who googled his son's name.
The test results related to patients who were treated at the hospital for respiratory infection, gastro or whooping cough between 1996 and 2005.
"SA Health has taken immediate action to have historic confidential test result details, which had been published in error, removed from two document-sharing websites, " Robinson said.
Robinson said he was not aware of any breaches of patient records or the information system.
“I would like to apologise to those affected by this data error".
If anyone has any concerns or would like more information, contact the Women’s and Children’s information line on (08) 8155 5654.