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Health care Y2K reference resource available

With the year 2000 deadline fast approaching, hospitals, other health care providers, and the medical device industry are scrambling to complete a process that in many cases was started too late.

What may have once been a logistical issue is burgeoning into an overwhelming problem, compounded by the scarcity of time, rising costs, and a lack of programming resources and expertise.

As the Y2K issue moves far beyond a mere "technological" issue, American Health Consultants, publisher of Hospital Home Health, has published the Hospital Manager’s Y2K Crisis Manual, a compilation of resources for nontechnical hospital managers.

This 150-page reference manual includes information, in nontechnical language, on the problems your facility will face, the potential fixes, and the possible consequences, including:

• Will your computers and software work in 2000?

• What does Y2K mean for patient care?

• What will happen to your medical devices?

• How can you make sure your vendors are Y2K compliant?

• Are you at legal risk due to Y2K?

• Are you prepared if Y2K delays Health Care Financing Administration’s payments?

Jan. 1, 2000, is not a moving target. Either your computer systems, medical devices, and suppliers can handle the date change and maintain business as usual, or they can’t — in which case your entire organization may face serious problems.

The Hospital Manager’s Y2K Crisis Manual is available now for $149. To order, contact American Health Consultants’ customer service at (800) 688-2421.