Breast examination images of 3850 South Island women have
been lost due to an IT server failure but no patients have
been put at clinical risk, Southern DHB says.
District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly disclosed
the data loss before Parliament's health select committee
She said letters had gone out to the affected women and their
"We've had an IT server failure which resulted in some lost
images of breast examinations. All of the images have been
reported on by a senior doctor and the results have been
filed in the patient's case notes.
"The patients and the GPs have been informed of the results
so there's no clinical risk to these women.
"However, in the spirit of open disclosure, we've written to
every woman affected and to their GPs to first and foremost
apologise and to reassure them that their images, whilst lost
from the server, have been reported on by a senior clinician
and those reports have been retained in their case notes."
- Matthew Backhouse, of APNZ