A Chicago media organisation reports that a Cerner system installed at several hospitals in the city went down for about 11 hours on 13 November 2010.
Patients at Advocate Health Care hospitals experienced "little to no interruption" in receiving care after the system went down about 5am said Stephanie Johnson, a spokeswoman for the hospital group. She added that the manufacturer, Cerner, had the system up and running by around 4pm.
The crash required employees temporarily to take patient orders on paper instead of entering them into the computer, she said. Employees were still able to access patient information by using backup computer systems, she told Chicagobreakingnews.
Cerner's NHS users in the UK, who are a growing community, may wish to find out what caused the Chicago crash in case there's anything they can do to avoid a similar mishap.
Computer crash affects Chicago area hospitals - Chicagobreakingnews.com