Re­port trans­mis­sion is­sues in New­found­land hos­pi­tals de­lay med­i­cal ap­point­ments

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Prob­lems send­ing med­i­cal re­ports to the doc­tors of pa­tients who re­ceived tests at two health author­i­ties in New­found­land has caused de­lays in fol­lowup ap­point­ments.

Cen­tral Health and Western Health is­sued news re­leases Tues­day say­ing re­ports weren't be­ing dis­trib­uted prop­erly to physi­cians who or­dered them.

Cen­tral Health, which ser­vices the cen­tral main­land, says non-gy­ne­co­log­i­cal cy­tol­ogy spec­i­men re­ports weren't de­liv­ered, while Western Health said imag­ing re­ports weren't dis­trib­uted by an au­to­mated sys­tem.

Western Health, based in Cor­ner Brook, says 13 pa­tients have been con­tacted and fresh ap­point­ments have been set up as a re­sult of the tests, while Cen­tral Health says 11 pa­tients have had ap­point­ments set up af­ter orig­i­nal rec­om­men­da­tions for fol­lowup didn't go out as ex­pected.

Health Min­is­ter Steve Kent apol­o­gized for the in­ci­dents and said ap­pro­pri­ate fol­lowup with pa­tients is tak­ing place.

The prob­lems with the sys­tem were caught by a qual­ity as­sur­ance re­view of the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sys­tems.

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