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Cerner Medical Software Brain Damage Suit Remanded for Trial

Nov. 29, 2022, 8:59 PM

A grandmother is entitled to a trial on claims alleging a flawed Cerner Health Services Inc. software system allowed a medical order that resulted in her grandson’s brain damage, a divided Fourth Circuit said Tuesday.

Michael A. Taylor, then 25, suffered permanent brain damage because of oxygen deprivation in April 2016, following gallbladder surgery.

Taylor’s doctor wanted him to have “continuous pulse oximetry”—monitoring of his blood oxygen level—starting overnight. But the order for continuous monitoring didn’t take effect until the following morning.

Taylor’s grandmother, Ruby Lowe, sued Cerner. She alleged that the negligent design of its system permitted the entry ...