Ebola Patient Initially Sent Home Because of Bad Software

During his initial visit, Duncan told a nurse that he had recently traveled to West Africa—a red flag that the CDC says should have sent hospital staff scrambling to test him for the lethal virus. Instead, the critical information about his travel was somehow lost in the shuffle among the various doctors and nurses treating him that day.

The hospital says a software problem caused this.  That’s a problem that needs fixing, but if we haven’t got this sort of thing straight across the country already, it may be too late.


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