Ontario team probes errors in electronic health records
TORONTO — A clinical team will investigate whether the care of any patient at Ontario’s largest hospital network was affected by errors reported in its electronic medical records, a spokeswoman says.
Gillian Howard said that while the University Health Network is conducting a review of five million electronic health records gathered over the past five years, a clinical team will also review the files of patients directly affected by the privacy breach to ensure their care was not compromised.
The network, which consists of Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and a number of rehabilitation sites, said that it has also temporarily disconnected its patient record system from Ontario’s electronic health records database while it investigates the error. Howard could not immediately say how long the review would take or when it would be reconnected to the broader system.
The problem — first reported by CTV News — came to light when a patient found results in his file for tests he had not taken. The hospital network says errors have been found in four patient records where the “identifiable” information of an individual patient went in someone else’s file.