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Change Management – Simple Record Keeping or Invaluable IT Tool?

Published on 01/31/2013 by Thom Daley
Category: Change Management

During my lengthy IT career (sudden shoulder pain) I’ve seen just about every type of problem you could imagine, problems ranging from the usual “fat finger” moments to glitches that brought down an entire network and required developers to recode software on the fly to fix.  I’ve also seen problem remediation from both sides of the coin, working on the customer side in the past, and now as a proud member of the Technical Consulting ...

Architecture vs. Marketecture

Published on 01/29/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

One of the most common problems our consultants and engineers face when remediating a troubled technology infrastructure is DRG code 666.7890 Koolaidius Vendoratum Overdosensis.  It’s a fairly common diagnosis.  Hardware Vendor has cool new system.  Customer staff member likes cool new system. Customer staff member wants QZX-15 certification on cool new system to improve their negotiating position at the next review.  Customer staff member attends “lunch and learn.” Customer staff member ...

For Want of a Nail the Shoe Was Lost, or Sometimes It’s the Simple Answer

Published on 01/22/2013 by Joe Kelly
Category: Healthcare IT

Sometimes it’s the simple things that cause the most heartache.  Especially in the technology world in which we live.   We roll out sophisticated technology solutions using a myriad of virtualized tools to consolidate servers and storage and even networking.  We implement monitoring mechanisms with all kinds of bells, whistles, and alarms to manage said virtual systems, just to make our lives just a little more sane.  We learn to rely on these tools ...

Did You Do the Homework? - Considerations for the Cloud

Published on 01/17/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Healthcare IT, Cloud Computing

There are many covered entities out there including many large and small hospitals that may still be struggling with the decision to move to the cloud.  If you are, your mind is probably going at 100 miles per hour.  I know this because I have been there in your shoes.  Am I losing control of my data?  Where will my data reside?  How secure is my data?  What is the risk of my ...

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 ...

Storage Trendy

Published on 01/09/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management, Storage

While teaching me to drive, mother once told me, "You can't see where you're going with the rear-view mirror; only what you've just run over."  What my Mom was eloquently trying to tell me was, look forward while moving forward. These are erudite words for us in the IT world also….most of the time.Many IT organizations find, at one time or another, they're in jeopardy of running out of space. ...

The Quest for Data Center Availability

Published on 01/08/2013 by Mark Middleton
Category: Healthcare IT

The fusion of health care reform, exponential data growth, and increase of computing density bring a number of demands and resulting questions to health care systems and providers, no matter their size or stature.  Reform measures require health care providers to  digitize their care process in a meaningful way and make the data readily available at all times to the appropriate people that need it.   When the provider successfully implements the nirvana app to transform ...

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 ...

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