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Privacy breach round 2: Kids medical tests exposed online

Kids medical tests have been exposed online at Adelaide’s Women and Children’s Hospital (WCH) in a SECOND data breach in the space of one week!

After last week’s news that hundreds of medical files were left abandoned in a neglected building south of Sydney (see full story here), this news contains 7,200 pathology tests.

See here what you need to know!

Ten Daily reported the breach on Saturday 4th and SA Health has taken immediate action.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Executive Director of Corporate Services, Phil Robinson said “The patient information was included in an academic presentation on childhood infections that was posted to the WCH website in 2005.”

What is the data?

  • Names
  • Date of birth
  • Test results for about 7,200 pathology tests (these were embedded in a document on the hospital’s website since 2005).
  • The test results related to patients who were treated at the hospital for respiratory infection, gastro or whooping cough between 1996 and 2005.

Robinson also stated that the presentation was removed from the WCH website in 2016 but a cached version was still in the system up until YESTERDAY.

“SA Health has taken immediate action to have historic confidential test result details, which had been published in error, removed from two document-sharing websites, “ Robinson said.

If you have any concerns or would like more information, contact the Women’s and Children’s information line on (08) 8155 5654.

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