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2013: Looking Ahead

Published on 01/03/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald Matt Donahue Rob Bruno
Category: Healthcare IT

As we begin 2013, we’ve asked a few of the senior technical experts at Park Place to provide their insight on technology trends, challenges, and opportunities that will influence how hospitals will deploy and manage their MEDITECH systems in the coming year.Jim Fitzgerald, EVP & CTO: Hospitals using the MEDITECH HCIS enter 2013 with a level of mission and seriousness that has ticked up significantly. The ARRA-fueled adoption of advanced clinical software has changed the stakes when ...

Is Monitoring Really Important?

Published on 12/18/2012 by Mark Luquire
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management

Monitoring plays a critical role in any infrastructure environment.  Sure, there are those times when monitoring only catches problems that you may already be aware of, but what about the other times?  Successful monitoring can act as a predictive indicator of things to come.  For example, if you are monitoring your disk utilization, then you should be able to produce trending reports and create a model over time that helps to show when you will need ...

Hardware Wars: The Return of the Mainframe

Published on 12/13/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Virtualization

The mainframe created virtualization. Now virtualization is recreating the mainframe. Please humor me as we trace the path.  In the beginning, there was the mainframe. The mainframe was big, heavy, and drank power like a zit-laden teenager swilling 44 oz. Cokes. You had to pass a test to work directly with it in any way. You had to learn some level of programming even to be a data entry person. To work in the data center you had ...

Media Reuse and Disposal – The Burning Question...

Published on 12/11/2012 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

A typical healthcare organization allocates between 1 to 3% of the total budget for IT.  The IT staff is responsible for delivering technology that meets the expectations of savvy physicians, employees, and trendy patients.  IT departments are always looking for ways to save money and work to balance risk vs. cost wherever possible.  In this blog, I am bringing to light the one of the burning questions that many IT departments still face - the reuse ...

Keep Your Head In the Clouds

Published on 12/06/2012 by Matt Donahue
Category: Cloud Computing

While sitting at home this past weekend watching my 3 year old and 6 year old running around having light saber duels and continuing the epic battle between the Jedi and the Sith, (yes we here at Park Place do have a special place in our hearts for Star Wars), I started to recall my own childhood.  Do you remember the days when we were all children?  They seem like so long ago now, but I would ...

Content vs. Technology

Published on 12/03/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

In reflecting on the purchase of most of the assets of LucasFilm, Ltd. including the beloved Star Wars space opera by The Walt Disney Company, (http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/disney-buys-stars-wars-plans-new-film-20121031) I find myself pondering the conundrum between content and technology. Content is what made us fall in love with the original Star Wars Trilogy:  Episode IV: A New Hope; Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; and Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. Sure there were, for the time, dazzling ...

YOU and the Expanded Incident Lifecycle...

Published on 11/29/2012 by Mark Middleton
Category: ITIL

There’s nothing like grabbing a cup of hot cocoa on a cold blustery day during the festive month of December and curling up with some reading on ITIL theory courtesy of the IT Infrastructure Library.  Bah, humbug?  It would be more fun to string up a hundred strands of half burned-out Christmas lights during an ice storm on a three story house with a 13/12 pitch roof, you say?   Well…take a step back ...

EBP Block Conversions - Preparation Is The Key

Published on 11/27/2012 by Mike Wheeler
Category: MEDITECH MAGIC

As the demands for storage increase, due to a number of factors, the need to expand LUN sizes also increases.   In the MEDITECH MAGIC environment, this has typically been done through the MAGIC Block Conversion utility.   With the advent of EBP (Extended Block Pointer) the need for future block conversions has been removed.   However, for those still operating in a non-EBP MAGIC environment, it may at some point become desirable to convert to ...

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 ...

It’s STILL the Network.

Published on 11/15/2012 by Joe Kelly
Category: Networks

This is an interesting industry in which we work.  Some of the people in it can be pretty demanding and awfully precise.   My previous post generated some interesting responses.  Some folks reached out personally to provide correction.  Things like, “You know Joe, in a year there are 8,765.81 hours.  Therefore, 99.99% works out to be 52.594 minutes, not an hour.  Besides, we design for 99.999% availability”....

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