IT error leads to cancer misdiagnoses in Scotland

More than 300 patients being cared for at the National Health Service (NHS) Forth Valley's Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, U.K., were wrongly informed they had cancer due to an IT error, according to a report posted on 22 August by DigitalHealth.

The trust confirmed the problem occurred during an update of its Trakcare electronic medical record system, the article noted. A spokesperson told DigitalHealth that most of the information in the original letters sent to the 386 patients affected was correct -- "but a section containing preexisting conditions contained inaccurate information about lung and colorectal cancer and endometriosis," the source said.

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