Focus: Technology

Virus sends N.Y. healthcare facility back to paper systems

April 19, 2017

A computer virus at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and its long-term care facility caused an electronic health record (EHR) outage, according to an article on the EHR Intelligence website.

The Buffalo hospital has secure back-up storage in place for all patient records, financial information, and human resource records to ensure no data will be permanently lost, the article said.

During the outage, all patient admissions, prescription writing and other tasks must be completed by hand.

ECMC also issued laptops to allow staff members to communicate and complete specific daily tasks electronically.

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