Wednesday October 01, 2014




Home »  News »  Health

Saskatoon Health Region:glitch didn't send or delayed test results

SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Health Region says a laboratory computer printing glitch may have left more than 600 patients with delayed or unsent tests results over the past few years.

The region says codes for 14 tests were not entered into their printing system, meaning that 1,015 test results for 620 patients were not automatically printed out and sent to local physicians.

An investigation revealed 90 per cent of the errors occurred in the last two years, but some stretch back to 2007.

The health region was alerted to the problem in late May when a doctor called to say he had not received results for a test.

The region said the glitch mainly affected outpatients who were being tested for virus antibodies and other markers and there is no threat to public health safety.

Dr. Joseph Blondeau says none of the tests involved anyone who was an inpatient, who was in an emergency situation or who was moderately or severely ill and had nothing to do with any types of diagnosis related to cancer.

The health region contacted the 122 doctors affected by the glitch to find out if they had received the results.

Blondeau said of the 41 confirmed patient responses, 68 per cent had received the results from their doctors through electronic lab results. The remainder had not received results but patient care was not affected, Blondeau said.

Patients who think they may have been affected by the glitch can contact the health region at 306-655-0250 or 1-866-655-5066.

(CKOM)


Comments


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Yorkton This Week welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Quick Vote

Survey results are meant for general information only, and are not based on recognised statistical methods.


Markets





LOG IN



Lost your password?