Memorial reports loss of lab records for 6,400 patients

RYAN MAYE HANDY Updated: November 6, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: November 6, 2012

Thousands of patient laboratory records spanning three months have been misplaced, Memorial Hospital announced Tuesday in a news release.

The paper records, containing health information for 6,400 patients, were found to be missing on Aug. 31 , said Brian Newsome , hospital spokesman. An investigation was launched, however, investigators were unable to determine how the records disappeared.

More information about the investigation’s findings was not available on Tuesday evening.

The papers represent lab work done between May 1, 2012 and Aug. 21, 2012 , and contain patient names, internal Memorial account numbers, dates and the kind of lab tests done, the news release said.

Results from the lab tests in addition to social security numbers were not kept in the missing records. Although the paper records are lost, the information also is contained in the hospital’s computer systems, the news release said.

Contact Ryan Maye Handy: 636-0261

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