from RISKS Digest 24.13:
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 17:12:37 +0000 (GMT)
From: Pete Mellor <email@example.com>
Subject: Oil blaze hits hospital systems
The explosion and fire at the fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire:
Connection with computers? Well, several nearby installations were wrecked (amazingly, no-one was seriously injured), one of which contained the electronic patient records of Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The hospital reported that it would have to rely on paper records for several days until the computer files could be restored.
On the positive side, at least they had back-up. On the other hand, their disaster recovery planning seems to be a bit slack.
Peter Mellor, Centre for Software Reliability, City University, London EC1V 0HB
+44 (0)20 7040 8422 Pete Mellor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Add this to your planning for electronic records - how are your backup systems?