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Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Massive Internet traffic slows KU Hospital’s electronic record system

January 20, 2009, 1:21 p.m. Updated January 20, 2009, 4:23 p.m.

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At Kansas University Hospital, so many people were logged on to the Internet watching inauguration ceremonies today, officials sent an e-mail asking employees to stop.

The demand on the network was large enough that other systems were affected, said hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch.

“Patient care comes first, even during an historic event,” he said.

He said though the systems were slowed, there was no impact in patient care as staff found alternative ways to access patient records during the brief slowdown.

Once the e-mail was sent, all systems went back to normal, McCulloch said.

Comments

Janet Cinelli 5 years, 11 months ago

that's not the only place where today's activities caused cloggs. Sunflower BB has been pokier than pokey all day.

davidsmom 5 years, 11 months ago

I work at UMKC and it was slow...I thought it was a garden-variety network issue or my computer just needed rebooting, until a co-worker suggested the high traffic...I hadn't even thought about it. Once I closed web sites and web applications, everything else was back to normal.

tnfats 5 years, 11 months ago

@gccs14r - Spoken like a true Cisco guy... ;)

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