[LINK] Power failure lasting 36 hours cripples hospital care

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed May 6 11:34:11 AEST 2009

Glen Turner wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-05-06 at 09:36 +1000, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> <brd>
>> A potential risk with eMRs and eHRs, especially when centralised.
> In an age where university e-mail systems are often hosted
> across two sites to give maximum availability, why are all
> NSW health records vulnerable to any form of single failure?
> Clustering and failover isn't rocket science any more, but
> a standard feature of a typical database.
> And a 36 hour restoration time?  That's the sort of restoration
> time associated with fire or flood.
The risk is with the people defining and paying for the system, not the 
technology itself.

Or as Gerald Weinberg is famous for saying:
"No matter what they tell you, it's always a people problem."


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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