No one is suggesting buying firewood, propane, generators and the rest of the assorted items that helped make households Y2K ready and many vendors financially sound back in late 1999. But there are warnings over a healthcare transaction hiccup resulting from moving daylight-saving time to March 11 from April 1 this year, a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Along with incorrect electronic calendar times and e-mail time stamps, IT consultant and architect Shahid Shah says problems could include missed meetings, hospital orders not being picked up in time, operating-room scheduling issues, security-log problems and issues with smart technologies that work on time-based controls.
Data tagged with the wrong date and time could result in critical data being missed or misinterpreted, resulting in an adverse patient event, Shah says on his Web site, the Health Care IT Guy (healthcareguy.com).
The first thing Shah suggests is to make sure everyone on staff is ready and knows what to look for, and then contact vendors and obtain any software patches that may be needed.
For others, however, the issue couldat least temporarilyprovide a built-in excuse for being tardy or missing appointments altogether.
Of course, if you are reading this and havent done anything, well, its probably a little late.