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News From the Food and Drug Administration
June 3, 1998

Web Site for "Year 2000" Information on Biomedical Equipment

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JAMA. 1998;279(21):1684. doi:10.1001/jama.279.21.1684-JFD80005-3-1

Like other computerized products that use dates in their operation, some medical devices and scientific laboratory equipment may experience problems associated with the use of date information on January 1, 2000, when some software programs may not be able to distinguish the year 2000 from the year 1900. Analysis of the year 2000 problem shows that most errors will produce printed test results or displays that are incorrectly dated or self-evidently wrong, but some may more directly put patients at risk.