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Human error the cause of UPMC electronic issue

A systemwide problem with UPMC's information systems Wednesday left electronic patient records and other data inaccessible for about three hours. A UPMC spokeswoman said the hospitals "immediately went to manual backup systems, and we quickly identified and fixed the problem." She said there was no indication that patient care was compromised by the incident, which was due to human error.

PMC Property Group buys Downtown's Clark Building

A Philadelphia developer has completed the purchase of the 23-story Clark Building on Liberty Avenue, Downtown. PMC Property Group paid $7 million for the property, according to the Allegheny County Department of Real Estate. PMC won the building in an online auction in December. The 86-year-old building previously was owned by New York-based Singularity Clark LP, which paid $21.8 million for it more than five years ago. For many years the building was the hub of the diamond-selling business in Pittsburgh. PMC most likely will convert it to apartments.

Chief information officers in Pittsburgh honored

The Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group presented CIO of the Year awards to five chief information officers. The winners were: Michael Keslar, CIO of global transaction services at BNY Mellon; Rex Althoff, CIO and president of Technology at Federated Investors Inc.; Douglas Prom, CIO/CTO of Innovate E-Commerce; Lisa Abel-Palmieri, director of instructional information technologies at The Ellis School; and Jeremy Gill, CIO of Michael Baker Corp.

Lawsuit accuses StarKist of underfilling tuna cans

A lawsuit accusing North Shore tuna company StarKist of underfilling its cans has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In Hendricks v. StarKist, the Oakland, Calif., plaintiff claims to have purchased one or more 5-ounce cans of StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water. The suit, which seeks class action status, claims independent testing showed the cans "contain an average of only 2.35 ounces of pressed cake tuna," or are 17.3 percent below the federal minimum standard of 2.84 ounces. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages. StarKist declined comment.

PPG chief's '12 pay package rises 25 percent from '11

PPG Industries chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch's 2012 pay package was valued at $17.9 million, up 25 percent from the previous year. The figure includes a $1.3 million salary and stock awards valued at $7.6 million, according to a proxy statement being sent to PPG shareholders. They do not reflect $7.7 million Mr. Bunch realized by exercising stock options awarded in prior years and $18.4 million he realized from restricted stock awarded in prior years that vested in 2012.

Whole Foods says it will label for modified ingredients

Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018. Although Whole Foods is known as an organic grocer, it also sells a wide array of nonorganic products.

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