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Access to Patient Records “When the Wind Blows”

Its hurricane season, again, and I am reminded of the threat of unplanned downtime occurrences to clinician’s ability to access patient records. “When the wind blows” power outages and disruptions to communication will occur.  What do you need to know? During a hurricane or other natural disasters its essential that hospitals have a modern downtime business continuance program in place […]

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Realizing Benefits with MEDITECH Expanse (6.1): Driving Value in the Implementation

Special Contribution By John Haffty, Navin, Haffty & Associates Are you in the process of implementing a new electronic health record system or making a significant upgrade of your existing system? If so, you are probably focusing on how to gain value from the expenditure and some return on the investment. You want to ensure the investment makes business sense […]

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There’s No Question! We’re Compatible with MEDITECH 6.x

The rumor mill appears to be churning again. Those of us in the MEDITECH community know it is small and information moves around it quickly. Sometimes the information is true, oftentimes it is not. We recently heard there were concerns that our product Desktop Fax does not work with versions of MEDITECH 6.x. Not to worry! We have numerous customers running […]

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Moving to MEDITECH 6.x?

As always, I thank our customers for choosing Interbit Data as a partner for their HCIS environment. We are committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the best products and services available in the marketplace. Every once in a while, we receive information that customers and prospective customers have been advised that our products are incompatible with the MEDITECH […]

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A Day in the Life of a Doctor, Nurse, Pharmacist or Admissions Person When the Healthcare Information System Goes Down

Hospitals are a bit like cities. Cities have systems that keep them running, such as sanitation, police, and power. Hospitals have an HCIS. What happens when this system stops running? For a hospital, suddenly, the technology that helped it run like a well-oiled machine is gone. Uh oh. It will impact the entire hospital, but arguably the following four roles […]

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Does Your HCIS Downtime Plan Resemble a 5k Race?

One moment all was “normal.” Or the “normal” that nurses and other clinicians, admissions and pharmacy staff experience each day. But then the hospital gets an unexpected surprise. The patient rounds, the dispensing of meds, the patient intake, the normal things that happen every day, shift after shift, suddenly get the equivalent of a splash of cold water to the […]

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HIPAA Mandate: Maintaining Business Continuity During Downtime

HIPAA Mandate: Maintaining Business Continuity During Downtime

HIPAA’s “Security Guidelines” mandate that all healthcare organizations using healthcare data comply with its data security and business continuity standards, and the penalties and fines for noncompliance are substantial. A contingency plan for disaster recovery and business continuity is a key standard stipulated in the HIPAA Security Rules under the Administrative Safeguards Section, so you clearly need to have such a plan in place.

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The Costs and Impact of HCIS Downtimes

Costs and Impact of HCIS Downtimes

As mentioned in our previous blog, “The Inevitable HCIS Downtime,” your healthcare information system (HCIS), which houses all your patient information, can be brought down for reasons that are planned (maintenance, upgrades, etc.), but unplanned downtimes can occur at any time due to a number of reasons, including a loss of power, network connectivity, natural disaster, or even a system failure. Network, system and power outages occur annually, and always at a cost and impact to your organization.

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