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Sustaining Healthcare IT

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On The Road to Compliance

Published on 10/25/2012 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

Just like any industry, the healthcare industry has many regulatory compliance requirements to meet.  There is an alphabet soup of compliance-related acronyms – so many, in fact, that I occasionally might need to look one up to remember what it stands for! These include state, local and federal regulatory agencies or divisions,  industry or government mandated laws for compliance that apply in some shape or form to healthcare:   EPA, OSHA, EPCRA, SARA, TJC, FIFRA, TSCA, DOT, ...

What I Learned at VMworld 2012

Published on 10/18/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Virtualization

At the end of August, I was fortunate to attend VMworld. A record crowd of around 20,000 flooded the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Park Place partners extensively with VMware across all our service lines so we were well represented from all our disciplines – technology consulting, cloud services, and technology integration. At a macro level I was struck by the impact this company and their technology have made on the industry. Several years ago at VMworld 2008, ...

Welcome to Sustaining Healthcare IT.

Published on 10/16/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

I write this having recently used my alleged charm, wits, and experience to help an IT Director stare down a CFO who thought that it would be a good idea to buy an almost obsolete SAN to run their MEDITECH upgrade and then depreciate it over 7 years. Customer and staff will remain nameless for obvious reasons, but in their defense, this scenario happens every day. Non-technical administrators who grew up in the lands of myth and magic think ...

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Published on 10/15/2012 by Clay Sides
Category: Compliance, Backup

I have to wonder if Benjamin Franklin was a closet IT guru.We live in a world that measures things in “ages”. The Age of Dinosaurs, the Ice Age, the Age of Fire, the Industrial Age and now, the Information Age. The shocking realization to me, was many of the “Ages” identified, had horrific events associated with them. Cataclysms, global climate changes and mass extinctions; If we aren’t careful, the Information Age may well end up ...

MEDITECH Backups Demystified, Episode IV: ISB/IDR

Published on 10/14/2012 by John Duffy
Category: Backup

MEDITECH systems need to be backed up in a consistent manner without impacting the functionality or performance of the production system.  It was with this in mind that the Integrated Serverless Backup (ISB) and Integrated Disaster Recovery(IDR) processes were created.  Simply stated, a point in time backup of all the MEDITECH Servers is created on the SAN, attached to the backup server and subsequently backed up via “Block Level”.  Depending on what type of backup ...