Medical lab loses thousands of B.C. patient records

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The personal information of about 16,000 patients of a medical lab service in Kamloops has gone missing, says the company’s president.

LifeLabs president Sue Paish said Monday a computer was sent to their main office in Burnaby for servicing in January, but when it was returned, the hard drive was missing.

The hard drive held the results of ECGs, or electrocardiograms, gathered at three local facilities between 2007 and 2013.

“There was no financial information whatsoever included in the data, no ability to access any financial records or other financial-related data,” said Paish, who admitted the drive did include personal information like the patient’s name, address, height, age, gender, the ECG results and health care number.

She said an internal investigation failed to determine who took the drive and where it is now, adding the information is password protected and requires special equipment to read.

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