Sri Lankan Electrocardiogram Monitoring Unit Will Not Accept Year 2000 as Date : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

First Y2K bug hits Sri Lankan hospital Source: Associated Press Publication date: Jan 07, 2000

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The Y2K computer bug hit the monitoring unit of an electrocardiogram machine at a hospital, refusing to accept the year 2000, but experts detected the problem before the machine was put to use, an official said Friday.

An electrocardiogram machine's monitoring unit changed its computerized date to 1994 when a technician at the Shri Jayawardenepura Hospital switched it on Monday, according to the national Y2k coordinator, Bernard Fernando.

Software experts tried to adjust the date to 2000, but when the machine was switched on again, the date jumped to 2094.

"What is worrying us is that the machine was Y2K certified," said Bernard Fernando. The unit was shut down.

It was the first Y2K glitch reported in Sri Lanka.

Publication date: Jan 07, 2000 ) 1999, NewsReal, Inc.

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