Earlier this month, the electronic health records system at Boston Children's Hospital experienced an outage for five days, forcing the hospital to use paper and personnel to order diagnostic tests and medications as well as track test and treatment results.

Despite the five-day outage, caused by an unspecified hardware issue related to storage, all surgeries at the pediatric hospital continued as scheduled and with fewer than five elective medical admissions having to be postponed, according to an article in The Boston Globe. The newspaper also reported that digital imaging, patient registration, and scheduling were unaffected by the EHR shutdown.

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