Monday, July 15, 2013

Computer Failures

Steps to take when your computers and/or Internet fails.
  1. Relax!
  2. Check the power source.
  3. Reboot the computer.
  4. Call the "Help Desk"????
  5. Have a back-up plan in place for charting, ordering, prescribing, and discharging patients.  Avoid re-inventing the wheel each time there is an outage.
  6. Install a back-up computer system with paper charts that can be scanned in later.
  7. If forced to input data in the Electronic record later, make sure to note the circumstance of late entries.
  8. Use the "Russian Space Utensil" aka a Pencil- works in zero gravity.
  9. Use a reliable back-up company to store all your data.
  10. If using your own server, have a contingency plan with redundancy.
  11. Cloud hosting should keep you protected.
  12. Hand write prescriptions- there is a pad laying around somewhere.
Bottom line - Plan Ahead - It is inevitable!!

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