[LUNI] file system limitations
elickerman at ameritech.net
Wed Nov 20 18:27:01 CST 2002
Your last paragraph raises an interesting point which is tangential to the
In the current environment most relevant patient information is in a paper
chart so system disasters such as you propose are minor irritants for most
doctors- they can't get the most up to date labs for a while.
HIPPA, a set of governemtn regulations which basically mean that all patient
information must one day be on computer, sans paper backup, will make an
occurance such as you describe, totally unacceptible.
The current state of IT in most hospitals I have been in, is moderately
Expect this to hit the fan within the next five years.
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Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 3:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [LUNI] file system limitations
-- Martin Maney <maney at pobox.com>
> On Wed, Nov 20, 2002 at 04:25:31AM -0600, Steven Lembark wrote:
>> it. A UPS might help -- until someone hits the power cord
>> with a mop or drips blood onto some contacts.
> That bit about the mop sounds like it hurt. Do they really make you
> keep your servers in a janitorial supply closet? <smile>
Nope. But they did allow the cleaning staff into the raised
floor to mop it. Guy put a nice, wet mop over an outlet and
shorted a 240V circut with soapy water. UPS properly decided
that there was a short and shut down the unit immediately,
which didn't do good thing to the filesystems or Oracle
tablespaces on raw volumes.
One time a tech did bleed on a power supply circut board,
shorted the switcher's BFC, and brought down a system also.
Lesson: blood conducts, if someone's gonna die they should at
least have the curtesy to do it on the floor.
If the mop had hit a main supply for a 3-4TB EMC cabinet it
would've been justifiable homicide; with a hosiptal system
it'd be a bunch of pissed off MD's pulling out your liver
with kelly clamps :-)
Steven Lembark 2930 W. Palmer
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