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Pause Before You Press

Published on 12/13/2017 by Mike Donahue
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT

As I mentioned in my last blog article “What is a IT Health Check?”, IT systems are as critical to patient safety as medical devices and caregivers depend on the availability of their tools at all times.  Understanding and maintaining the health of your infrastructure is only one aspect of being a healthcare IT professional. Before my move into management, I was a technical consultant and spent the majority of my time assessing, optimizing and ...

What is a Health Check?

Published on 12/04/2017 by Mike Donahue
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT

As a Technical Consultant, I get asked this question a lot: What is a Health Check and what does it do? Simply put, a Health Check is no different than the yearly physical we all should be getting from our doctor, but for your IT infrastructure. Instead of checking vital signs and blood pressure, we are measuring your infrastructure’s CPU ready time, memory utilization, network throughput, latencies, etc, and reviewing against benchmarks. I think it’s very ...

Healthcare Security; Part 1: More than a Firewall

Published on 03/31/2016 by Mike Donahue
Category: Disaster Recovery, Compliance, Backup, Healthcare IT, Virtualization, Cloud Computing,

Security is a topic that has been in the news recently far too often. If it’s not the showdown between the FBI and Apple (which is a whole other conversation) it’s the latest report out of Maryland, where MedStar Health was hit with a virus that infected the hospitals computer network.  The effect, however, spread much further than just the IT department. The extended outage has made the already difficult jobs of nurses and physicians even ...

Working Together on Infrastructure - A Technical Consultant’s Perspective

Published on 01/15/2013 by Mike Donahue
Category: Healthcare IT

A wise man (ok – it’s my boss – just looking to get some bonus points!) told me when I started in consulting that one of the biggest challenges is being the guy that comes in and repeats what has been said by the hospital IT staff for months, years etc. Of course you should begin looking to upgrade those old servers that now could be displayed in a museum, upgrade to the latest hypervisor release, and ...

VDI - Know Before You Go

Published on 11/21/2012 by Mike Donahue
Category: Virtualization

Over the past few years, virtualization has become a widely adopted technology to deploy within the data center, and for good reason.  It’s no surprise that the natural progression would be to extend virtualization outside of traditional data center applications toward the desktop.  Just think about all of the time that is spent running around from desktop to desktop trying to resolve this issue, or adding that new application.  How many hours could be saved ...

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