2020-03-02

Spring Forward

Twice a year we warp time... and frustrate clinical time keeping.

On March 8, 2020, clocks turn forward 1 hour at 02:00 to become 03:00. Then, on November 1, 2020, clocks turn backward 1 hour at 02:00 to become 01:00.

Clinicians need to be aware of these shifts and unique implications for Clinical Information System (CIS) behaviors. While ambulatory care is little affected by what happens in the early hours of the morning, emergent, inpatient, surgical and critical care contexts can be sensitive to the loss or gain of small time intervals.

A new section in the Physician Manual lists key considerations:

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