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Jacksonville Business Journal

February 23, 1998

Hospitals trailing in Y2000 bug fix

Brian L. Thompson

Want to know how serious the so-called Millennium Bug is?

Well, the February issue of MONEY Magazine reported one little incident in April 1997 involving a computer network that schedules patient appointments for three Pennsylvania hospitals and 75 surrounding clinics.

It seems the whole system shut down when someone entered an appointment for January 2000.

While much of the talk surrounds banks and government agencies, hospitals and health care systems are just as susceptible to the problem.

But a study reported by the Florida Hospital Association found that almost two-thirds of health care organizations around the world haven't even begun addressing the issue.

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-- Bill (billdale@lakesnet.net), March 13, 1998

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