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California's Blackouts Reveal Health Care's Fragile Power System

Nicole Wetsman | The Verge | October 28, 2019

The United States health care system depends on electricity to function normally: it needs power to run everything from ventilators to electronic health records, to ferry patients via elevator through hospitals, refrigerate medications, and countless other tasks. But that PG&E planned outage wasn't the last. There were more outages last week, and they are likely to become more frequent as the changing climate keeps California dry and makes fires more likely. The number of weather-related power outages is also increasing as extreme weather events become more common. As a result, it's more critical than ever that health care facilities are prepared for a present and future where power isn't a guarantee. Read More »

Outages Hamper John Muir Electronic Health Record System

Joyce Tsai | San Jose Mercury News | September 9, 2014

John Muir Health experienced intermittent outages of its electronic health record systems Monday at both its Walnut Creek and Concord campuses, hospital officials confirmed.  The hospitals' electronic health record system began having problems around 11 a.m. and was "still off and on" as of 7:30 p.m. Monday, said John Muir spokesman Ben Drew, although the organization expected to have the system completely running again within a couple of hours...

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