Biomedical Equipment Crisis in the Year 2000?. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:844. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-129-10-199811150-00032
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(10):844.
An Internet resource providing information about the impact of the “Year 2000 Problem” on biomedical equipment has been established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/yr2000/year2000.html
The Year 2000 Problem, or “millennium bug,” occurs in computer-operating systems and applications software whose designers conserved storage space by eliminating the first two digits of the year when encoding date information. Authors of these programs did not expect that they would be used in the year 2000, but such software continues to be used throughout industry and government. In clinical medicine, programs that control monitoring and medication delivery equipment may malfunction or shut down if they are not modified to address this problem.
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