Systems to Check for Year 2000 Compliance

o Computer systems:

Including lap tops, host computers, file servers, mass data storage, off-the-shelf computer programs, desktop software, and area specific application software (billing, financial, etc.).

o Office machines:

Fax machines, photocopiers, scanners, printers, telephones, telephone switches, electronic personal reminders, electronic personal calendars, pagers, cash registers.

o Medical devices:

Infusion pumps, glucometers, fetal monitors.

o Physical plant items:

Ventilation systems, refrigeration units, security systems, wireless communications.

o Electronic data supply partners:

Third-party payers, administrators, auditors, banks.

o Vendors:

Licensed software vendors, maintenance agreement providers, utility companies, trash collectors, medical waste collectors, suppliers (pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, devices, housekeeping, dietary, office, etc.).

Source: Henry Ford Home Health Care, Detroit.

Y2K by the numbers

A recent survey of 55 health care organizations active in year 2000 health care issues found that:

o 97% agreed Y2K issues have significant potential to negatively impact the quality of health care.

o 94% agreed that Y2K issues have significant potential to create errors that lead to unnecessary deaths in health care.

o 69% agreed health care lags behind most other industries in addressing Y2K issues.

o 62% have already experienced Y2K failures in their organizations.

(Information is available on the organization’s Web site at

Source: Rx2000 Solutions Institute.