A report by USA Today has highlighted how hospital software still can’t deal with daylight saving time.
Epic Systems, a popular software system used by hospitals, still struggles to deal with this adjustment to the clocks.
Dr Mark Friedberg, a senior researcher at RAND, said that this failure is mind-boggling. “We expect electronics to handle something as simple as a time change,” he said.
Hospitals spend millions of dollars on their software systems, and the exorbitant cost of changing to different software means that many hospitals can’t afford to do so.
According to Friedberg, this means that software companies have little incentive to improve their products.
Due to the failure of Epic Systems to cope with daylight saving time, patients are often forced to wait longer for treatment – with some going home instead of receiving any treatment.
Many hospitals choose to use paper records for this period of the night shift to avoid these flaws in the software.
Daylight saving time ended on 4 November in the US, which saw most Americans turning their clocks back an hour.