A health trust in Northern Ireland has denied claims from a whistleblower that it suffered a data loss that put patients at risk.
It was stated by a source that at least two weeks of sensitive information had been lost following a system failure at the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital data centre, Derry Now reports.
According to the whistleblower, the trust has no back-ups and, as a result, information including appointments and referrals were lost.
However, the organisation has refuted these claims, explaining that the information affected by the problem was not lost, as it had already been processed or re-entered from manual records.
“The Trust has carried out an extensive data verification process where all parties who had been making referrals have been requested to verify that their data has been processed, this includes any external organisations such as GP practices,” it stated.
However, the claims illustrate the problems that can be caused if organisations are not prepared for data loss, and emphasise the importance of having solutions on hand to recover such information.