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The Virtual Desktop (VDI), MEDITECH, and the Dreaded Update

Published on 05/14/2013 by Rob Bruno
Category: Virtualization

Recently, with the deployment of VDI, maintaining the MEDITECH client updates can pose some challenges. The ever-changing client environment makes using some sort of cloning and deployment technology a must.  Why?  With cloning technology you can apply a MEDITECH change to a “gold image” of the desktop, test the changes, and when ready, rapidly deploy the changes.Depending on your VDI supplier, these cloning technologies may work slightly differently.  However, there’s typically a “...

The Value of Strategic Partnerships

Published on 05/07/2013 by Mark Luquire
Category: Healthcare IT

I recently had the privilege to attend and speak at the annual CA World conference at the end of April (http://parkplaceintl.com/News_Events.html) .  The conference focused on many areas of the Information Technology space, from monitoring to client device management, mobile device management, performance management, capacity management and more.  If you had an area of interest in IT, it was likely represented.I was asked to present on Park Place International’s best practice deployment of cloud-based ...

Planning Your Data Center Capacity Needs

Published on 04/23/2013 by Mark Middleton
Category: Healthcare IT

As you plan for your computing demands for the coming years, most IT Managers focus on planning for growth and refreshing applications, servers, storage and network components. An equally important, but often over looked factor, is the actual data center facility itself, which houses, powers, cools, and secures the valuable contents of your IT infrastructure.     Blade and unified computing, while offering many benefits, have definitely resulted in an increase of watts per cabinet to effectively ...

Doing the Right Thing

Published on 04/19/2013 by Harry Travlos
Category: Healthcare IT

I sure do recall the good ol' days, and recently I was able to reflect back on them with many colleagues and friends at a HIMSS event.  It really got me thinking on how simple it used to be. There was one, maybe two vendors that MEDITECH and their customers looked to partner with for infrastructure, networking, handhelds, and services in addition to their MEDITECH software.  We evolved from the super-minicomputer through Motorola-based systems, and then finally ...

PCI-DSS – A Short Acronym for a Long Journey – Part 1

Published on 04/16/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Security

PCI-DSS stands for “Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards”.  So why am I digressing in a Healthcare IT-related blog by writing about these standards?  Ok, let’s get right to the point here…. PCI-DSS applies to any entity that accepts, processes, or stores credit card information. So as a healthcare organization, where do you use credit cards?  Admitting?  Cafeteria?  Outpatient Services? Day Surgery?  Bariatric Center?   Clinics?  Outpatient Speech ...

It's Just Doing What It’s Told

Published on 04/11/2013 by Chris Lichtenberg
Category: Printing and Peripherals

Specialty printers are basically dumb. Sure they have CPUs, 1-2MB of memory, and Network Interface Cards (NICs) that interface with the printing engine.  They can have a verifier attached, or a wireless NIC.  They could employ MCL, RFID, NFC and host of other acronyms.  They could come with a manual that makes you think you need a PhD.  And, yet, they can act like Sergeant Schultz (from Hogan’s Heroes) in the production environment.  ...

Have a Fall Back Plan

Published on 04/09/2013 by Jorge Navedo
Category: Healthcare IT

I have been working as an engineer in the MEDITECH space for over 11 years now, and boy, how time flies.  And if I’ve learned anything throughout the years, it’s to “have a fall back plan”.  We are constantly engaged at PPI to migrate MEDITECH data or MEDITECH servers, both physical and virtual.  Sometimes the migration is a simple as a file copy of a single server and sometimes it’s as complicated ...

Best Practices

Published on 03/19/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Healthcare IT

Groucho Marx once said, “Does it hurt when you do that? Then don’t do that.” Little did he know he would become the Godfather of what we now describe as “best practices”.What is a best practice?  Whose best practice is it?  Who owns the upkeep of the best practice?  How is it being monitored and adapted?  All are questions you should ask anyone in your organization when they throw up ...

HIMSS, Symbol Tables, and Societal ADD

Published on 03/14/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

In the credit crisis that shook the US Economy from late 2007 well through 2011, we heard this phrase oft-repeated as a shallow excuse for government to intervene in our allegedly free-market economy: “too big to fail.” The real truth is in a more directed transposition of the phrase, to wit, “too big to succeed.” Texts analyzing the rise and fall of businesses, governments, and even venerable educational institutions often lead to a simple insight: ...

Remembering the '90s

Published on 03/12/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance, Security

Remember the 90’s?  Yes, I am talking about the decade of grunge music, flannel shirts and the coming out of the Internet (World Wide Web).   It was in that decade when HTML and Java were created; the digital answering machine, DVD and Web TV were invented; and the dot com boom took the world by storm.  It was also the era when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by congress ...