Software Bug Wrongly Clears Women of Breast Cancer

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 30, 2011 at 12:26 AM News on IT in Healthcare
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Two women have been diagnosed with breast cancer 3months after a computer error wrongly cleared them of the disease. This incident happened at the BreastScreen Victoria. Following the mix up of patient details officials had to re-examine about 5,000 mammograms of various women.
 Software Bug Wrongly Clears Women of Breast Cancer
Software Bug Wrongly Clears Women of Breast Cancer

BreastScreen Victoria CEO, Vicki Pridmore said, "It is unfortunate that the initial diagnosis proved incorrect. We deeply regret having to inform these two women, who had previously been given the all clear, their screens were in fact not clear, with further investigation showing they have breast cancer."

However she is confident that such a mix up will not happen again.

Source: Medindia

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It is really important to check and double check all results before being released to patients. We should learn from this mistake.

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