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The RX2000 Solutions Institute has set up a Y2K Rapid Response, Recovery and Commu nications Center to help health care organizations make a smooth transition to the year 2000.
"While we aren’t predicting catastrophic failures, our extensive research tells us that in the U.S. alone, many health care organizations haven’t done all they should to prepare for the Year 2000 changeover," says Joel Ackerman, executive director of the Minneapolis-based institute. "Now, add inadequate preparation on an international basis and last-minute Y2K upgrades from product and systems suppliers and manufacturers, and the possibility of significant problems increases."
The Recovery Center will allow health care organizations to share their experiences in Y2K failures and their success in working around problems. The Web site will contain notification of changes in participating manufacturers’ Y2K compliance information, problem statuses and fixes, resources to resolve product and service failures, Y2K "storm tracking" information and reports from the health care sector, and information on alternative supplier matching, supply shortages, and surplus reallocation.
The Recovery Center will maintain a participant software and product database ensuring that registered organizations only receive information that is specific to their needs.
For more information, e-mail the Center at Safetynet@rx2000.org, call (612) 835-4478, or visit the Web site at www.rx2000.org.