Health department contacts parents after confidential information goes missing

RECORDS: Children's health records have gone missing on a stolen computer laptop that disappeared from the hospital.
RECORDS: Children's health records have gone missing on a stolen computer laptop that disappeared from the hospital.

Port Pirie hospital is contacting 234 families after a laptop computer was stolen from the premises.

The laptop, used as part of the State-wide Infant Screening Hearing Program, had a security password login and cannot be used as a personal device.

But Regional Director Yorke and Northern Roger Kirchner said because hearing test data was stored on the laptop, the health service was advising families of the incident.

“The information stored on the laptop includes a child’s name, date of birth, gender and screening result, but does not include any address or contact details,” he said.

“We reported the incident to police who are now investigating.

“We regret that this has happened and are waiting for the outcome of the investigation.”

Parents are receiving phone calls and letters from the health service, advising them of the incident and who to contact if they have any questions.

If parents have not been contacted by hospital staff and they had a baby in the past two years and have concerns, they can call 8638 4500 and ask to speak to the hospital’s maternity manager for more information.