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If you’re still in the throes of addressing the year 2000 (Y2K) issue at your facility, help is available, some free and some for a fee. The General Accounting Office has published a 37-page booklet called "Year 2000 Computing Crisis: A Testing Guide," which presents a step-by-step framework for managing all testing activities related to the Y2K problem.
The publication describes five phases of testing activities, beginning with establishing an organizational testing infrastructure, followed by designing, conducting, and reporting on four incremental levels of system-related testing — software unit testing, software integration testing, system acceptance testing, and end-to-end testing. To support these five phases, the guide also describes test oversight and control activities. To order the free booklet, write to the U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013, or call (202) 512-6000, fax (202) 512-6061, or visit the GAO’s Web site, www.gao.gov.
In addition, ECRI of Plymouth Meeting, PA, is hosting a series of Y2K health care telephone seminars. The first two were in February and March, but you can take advantage of four others:
• April 14 — Y2K remediation: What to do about noncompliant devices
• May 12 — The many legal issues of Y2K
• Oct. 13 — Y2K staff awareness and media relations
• Nov. 10 — It’s quarter to midnight: Are you ready for Y2K?
The seminars are held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST on the second Wednesday of the month and include participation by Y2K experts from hospitals, health care systems, the medical device industry, the legal arena, and ECRI. Registration for each seminar costs $129, and audiotapes will be available. To register, contact ECRI, 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, or call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5888; fax: (610) 834-1275.