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Monday, April 12, 2010
It's All About The Upgrade
Well, here I go... rambling again... I'm like a little blue-haired lady puttering around in a car on a Sunday afternoon. Must be my senility kicking in.
The hospital is undergoing a huge upgrade tonight at 11:00, and everyone is busy preparing for a rather extended down time (well, extended in terms of hospital-time). We've been bustin our rear ends trying to get the dictation to a manageable number, and keeping it caught up, as we'll be using downtime procedures after 11:00. The upgrade promises to be a good one, with a more user-friendly format of our main system. We've poked around a little bit in the test mode, and it looks pretty good.
If you watch many medical shows on tv, you've probably seen the scene in the OR when they unclamp the vessel in the heart and wait for the heart to begin beating. Nobody moves or breathes, and all eyes are on the heart monitor. Sometimes it starts right up, sometimes it just sits there for a few seconds before the beep-beep-beep of the monitor lets you know the surgery was a success. Granted, a human life isn't hanging in the balance, but I'll betcha there will be a lot of IS folks standing around holding their breaths when that vessel is unclamped, I mean when that button is pressed to bring our system back online. Their hearts will be pounding, only to return to normal when one by one, each facet of the system is confirmed as working. They will all breathe a collective sigh of relief, I'm sure, when the All Clear signal is sent and everyone can reboot and get their computers up and going again. I'm thankful that I'll be asleep warm in my bed when all this goes down. At least I hope that by the time my shift starts tomorrow we've got the word that All's Clear. Technology. It's a wonderful thing. Even if we have to upgrade it.