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HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE (HSE)

A €60m computer system designed to manage hospital records is so deficient that catering staff could have gained access to confidential patient data, according to The Sunday Business Post.Audits of the HSE’s Integrated Patient Management System uncovered five ‘high level’ security risks in the system, which is used by ten acute hospitals and 20 other centres to manage patients’ records.

The audits also found there was no national roll-out strategy for the system and there was no assurance that despite the €60m spent on its development so far, it would ever meet the stated requirements for a single, integrated service to streamline patients’ information.

The HSE entered a deal three years ago with iSoft, a global technology provider, to roll out the system to more than 50 hospitals across the state.

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