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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 ...

Upgrading to vSphere 5? Tips and Tricks Before You Begin Your Adventure – Part 1 of 3

Published on 02/19/2013 by Jayson Stokes
Category: Virtualization

If you’re running vSphere 4.0 or 4.1 and are interested in updating your environment to 5.0, this article might help point you in the right direction. First, upgrading to vSphere 5 requires careful planning and specific ordering of steps in order to achieve a successful upgrade. In the first of this three part series, we’ll focus on the preplanning steps.First, the vSphere licensing has changed from version 4.x to 5.x, so ...

Unified Computing: “A Game Changer’

Published on 02/15/2013 by Brian Nelson
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management, Servers

The term “game-changer” is often thrown around our industry carelessly, in a haphazard attempt by the product’s owner to market it. Any minor advancement is hyped by its owner as a “game-changer”. When, in reality, true “game-changers” are few and far between. My boss is fond of the term “strategic enabler”.  A strategic enabler is a product that does not simply improve upon the status quo, but rather shifts the status quo in ...

The MAGIC Synchronization Data Migration Method

Published on 02/12/2013 by Mike Wheeler

Once a decision has been made to refresh all or part of a MEDITECH MAGIC environment, replacing either the servers or the storage, possibly both, the next question that arises is how to get the data from the current storage to the newer storage.With previous hardware platforms, a MAGIC migration often could only be done with a tape backup and restore.  From a technical point of view, this can be challenging due to tape drive compatibility issues....

“D’ stands for “Documentation’....Darn it!!

Published on 02/08/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Healthcare IT

Have you ever had to write something and then get writer’s block?  Until you have the time to actually write something, your mind is going 100 miles an hour, but the minute you get in front of a screen to start typing, your mind goes blank?  Or you get distracted?  Happens to me quite a bit! So, anyway, why was I writing this blog?  Oh, that’s right, the importance of documentation…..Documentation is ...