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Virginia Hospital System Downtime System

Updated: Mar 23

The Business Challenge

If there is a power failure at a hospital, lives are at stake. They rarely lose power because they have backup units and special arrangements with the power company, but nonetheless, there still needs to be a contingency plan in place.

There are also planned downtime events, where a system needs to be taken down to perform maintenance. Virginia Hospital needed a plan to cover both of these types of events.



Solution Considerations

  • Patient data needed to be up-to-date (within the past hour) and available at the nursing stations in the event of a power failure

  • The contingency plan would need to be fully functional without the use of primary power

  • Only a UPS (alternate power source) would be available

Solution Implemented

  • Data was pulled each hour from the live system

  • PDF Documents were available with patient data that could be printed and distributed to nursing stations

  • Patient data, such as administered medications, were immediately available

Solution's Impact on the Business

  • Hospital could meet regulatory requirements to have a downtime contingency plan

  • Hospital could function in the event of a scheduled downtime

  • Solution was relatively low in cost compared with other solutions

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