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Hospitals Struggle with Daylight Savings Time Print E-mail
Written by Sydney Lupkin | KHN   
Monday, 05 November 2018 00:00
 
Modern technology has helped medical professionals do robot-assisted surgeries and sequence whole genomes, but hospital software still can't handle daylight saving time. For example, one of the most popular electronic health records software systems used by hospitals, Epic Systems, can delete records or require cumbersome workarounds when clocks are set back for an hour, prompting many hospitals to opt for paper records for part of the night shift. And it happens every year.
 
"It's mind-boggling," said Dr. Mark Friedberg, a senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp., adding that in 2018 "we expect electronics to handle something as simple as a time change. "Nobody is surprised by daylight savings time. They have years to prep. Only, surprise, it hasn't been fixed."
 
Dr. Steven Stack, a past president of the American Medical Association, called the glitches "perplexing" and "unacceptable," considering that hospitals spend millions of dollars on these systems, and Apple and Google seem to have dealt with seasonal time changes long ago.
 
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:06
 


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