It was an event anticipated-and dreaded-for more than a year. IT staffs prepped, contingency plans were mapped, and it was all hands on deck when the first of the month rolled around.
Actually, it was the first day of the new millennium. Y2K. And it wasn't just healthcare organizations that were getting ready for the worst. From police departments to power companies to publishers, no one knew precisely what would happen to computer systems once the calendar rolled over to Jan. 1, 2000. It turned out not much happened-reprogramming of existing systems had headed off any potential issues, and life went on. Y2K became the butt of jokes because of perceived overreaction to a potential worst-case scenario.
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