What will you do if you receive a message saying that you have been tested positive for COVID-19, and a few hours later be informed that the message was just an error?
Panic? Be grateful that it’s just an error?
Before you start questioning the likelihood of this happening, let me stop you there.
It did happened.
📸: Business Insider Singapore
On 16 May, an IT system testing glitch resulted in 357 patients receiving an erroneous SMS message informing them that they had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Ministry Of Health, this happened while they were trying to improve the efficiency of the system.
According to CNA, amongst those who received the SMS were 2 former COVID-19 patients who had previously been confirmed as negative and had already been discharged.
Thankfully, once the error was detected, The Ministry of Health (MOH) took immediate steps to rectify the situation.
‘A follow-up message was sent to all affected individuals by 10 pm to clarify that the earlier SMS message had been sent in error, and to apologise for any inconvenience and anxiety caused’ said the MOH
MOH had since reviewed its processes to ensure that a similar error will not recur.
📸: Asian Scientist Magazine
It is inevitable that technical error that may occur, however, it’s great to know that the government was swift in its response to minimize the amount of damage caused.
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