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Sustaining Healthcare IT

91 articles in total.

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”....

Security in Health Care, It Ain’t Just An IT Thing.

Published on 11/13/2012 by Thom Daley
Category: Security

When one thinks about security, what typically comes to mind is an image of a hacker sitting in a dark room in front of a bunch monitors furiously plugging away at the keyboard and gaining access to any system they want.  While mitigating the risk of unauthorized access is definitely important to security, it is only a small part of it.  What’s of equal importance is that your organization is aware of the fact that security ...

Erosion, part Duh

Published on 11/08/2012 by Clay Sides
Category: Disaster Recovery

After reading our CTO's blog on "Erosion", I began to reflect on my own Hurricane Sandy experience. In short, I lost power for three days, started getting water intrusion in my basement around the well pipe, took a stick through the back window of my car and, last but not least, when executing my superbly conceived "Disaster Plan”, started my generator, which instantly incinerated my cable modem, router and furnace controls.Now, after assessing the overall ...

It’s the Network–Still.

Published on 11/06/2012 by Joe Kelly
Category: Networks

I’ve been involved with technology consulting in the MEDITECH space for a solid 15 years.   Prior to that, I served as either a Technology Consultant or Engineer for an additional 18 years in a variety of industries ranging from hi-tech to high finance.  Most of that time has been spent one way or another on planning, designing, assessing, and implementing networks.    All kinds of networks:  voice, data, video, analog, digital, wired or ...


Published on 11/01/2012 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

One of the biggest threats we see on an ongoing basis to the overall integrity of a Healthcare Information System is erosion of the initial technology specification or design. Erosion is fresh in my mind having accidentally scheduled a brief hiatus in the Caribbean just prior to the arrival of the hurricane, superstorm, and media event also known as “Sandy”.  I had the dubious honor of enjoying her side effects in the southeastern Caribbean as well as ...

Cloud Services: There Is A Solution for YOU

Published on 10/30/2012 by Matt Donahue
Category: Cloud Computing

I recently read an article by Randy Bias, CTO of Cloudscaling, entitled “Enterprise Virtualization Clouds vs. Elastic Infrastructure Clouds” 1.   Mr. Bias outlines two distinct cloud environments:   the “Enterprise Virtualization Cloud” (EVC), and the “Elastic Infrastructure Cloud” (EIC), and talks about the differences he sees between the two.  I highly recommend taking some time to review this article.  While reading this, I began to think about all of the different terms ...

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 ...