Health Department Retrieves Paper Records as System Recovers

Kansas City, MO – About 120,000 birth certificates and related documents have been trucked to Topeka from storage in a central Kansas salt mine to help health officials out of a jam.

A computer system failed August 5th at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, just as parents were seeking birth certificates and current vaccination records for children heading to school.

KDHE spokeswoman Kristi Pankratz says the computer hardware storing all agency records failed. She said the problem has been fixed, but the agency must restore its electronic data.

Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis said school districts haven't reported significant problems in enrolling children.

8/30/10 Update: KDHE reports all electronic data has been restored.