Electronic Health Record Problem in Nova Scotia

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported this week that a software "glitch in the electronic records system delayed medical test results for nearly 600 patients since January," and no one noticed until two weeks ago.

The report also noted that, "The electronic system was backed up by paper faxes until May, which department officials say may be part of the reason why the problem went unreported for nine months." Not sure what that has to do with anything, but there it is.

The remedy is to do more system audits.


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