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St. Maarten Medical Center loses data due to hard disk crash

TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2013

~ No patient information lost ~

CAY Hill – St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) lost all its electronic employee files due to a recent hard disk crash, the hospital said in a statement on Monday.   The hospital said its server malfunctioned due to a failure of one of the hard disks last week. The hard disk that crashed contained the user files or so called ‘my documents’ of employees. Backup processes of these files did not function according to expectations, which resulted in loss of information of the last year. The affected hard disk was immediately expedited to the United States to a specialized professional laboratory in an attempt to see what could still be retrieved from the lost data, but un fortunately the data could not be recovered.

“While this, of course, represents a setback for our support and administrative departments, it is impor ant to reassure the public at large that all medical information of patients, as well as the financial accounting was in no way affected by this failure, as these programmes and data reside on a separate hard disk, safeguarded by its own backup processes,” the hospital said. “No essential information pertinent to patient care has been com promised or lost.”

SMMC said Minister of Health and the Inspector ate of Health have been “fully informed” of the situation. “Our Hospital Information System is intact and the St. Maarten Medical Center, as always, will continue to serve our community, as well as the populations of our sister islands Saba and St. Eustatius with the utmost care to the best of our abilities, always striving towards improvement,” it was stated in the release.

Bron: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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