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.
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 www.Rx2000.org.)
Source: Rx2000 Solutions Institute.