The $1 billion Epic electronic health record (EHR) system went completely dark on Aug. 26 at Sutter hospitals in Northern California following a weekend when the system was down for a planned upgrade, according to an announcement by the California Nurses Association (CNA).

The $1 billion Epic electronic health record (EHR) system went completely dark on Aug. 26 at Sutter hospitals in Northern California following a weekend when the system was down for a planned upgrade, according to an announcement by the California Nurses Association (CNA).

On Aug. 23, Epic was down for a planned upgrade for up to eight hours during which nurses and other users could read medication orders and patient histories, but not enter new data, which was kept on paper records then re-entered into the computers later.

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Source: Epic EHR Goes Dark at Sutter Health