New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Actions To Address the Year 2000 Challenge

Computers may have difficulty making accurate calculations involving dates beginning in the year 2000. We examined the actions taken by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation to ensure that important computer processing operations affecting the hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities operated by the Corporation are not materially disrupted as a result of this computer problem. We found that, unless additional actions are taken by the Corporation, the central information system supporting medical-related functions such as patient medical histories and laboratory results may be materially disrupted, the central information system controlling patient billing may be materially disrupted, and medical equipment with embedded computer programming may be materially disrupted. We recommend a number of actions that need to be taken to prevent such disruption.

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