Pekin Hospital, a general medical and surgical hospital in Pekin, Illinois, US, has purchased Interbit Data’s NetSafe software for business continuance and downtime protection.
NetSafe automatically distributes encrypted up-to-date patient information, such as electronic medication administration records (eMARs), master patient indexes, blood bank transfusion logs and other critical information from a healthcare information system (HCIS) to local network computers in patient care areas.
NetSafe is a suitable solution for Pekin Hospital, which conducts a monthly four-hour downtime of its 125 servers to install windows updates, new software, perform maintenance and other tasks such as network wrap-outs.
The hospital has also experienced unplanned downtime of its servers during power outages.
By deploying NetSafe, Pekin Hospital will now have 24/7 uninterrupted access to critical patient information during system or network downtime.
The new software will allow clinicians to overcome obstacles in accessing the most up-to-date patient information, particularly patient eMARs.
Pekin Hospital IT director Dan Tharp said that NetSafe makes it very easy to find the most up-to-date patient information.
"The Snapshot reports alone are great, but NetSafe overall is an ideal solution and very cost-effective. The design is one we would create ourselves," Tharp added.
Pekin Hospital is currently planning to use NetSafe for its main hospital system and then expand its use to physicians’ offices.
Pekin Hospital is a 98-bed medical centre that provides advanced care and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities.
Approximately 240 physicians in more than 26 medical specialities work closely with nursing staff and healthcare professionals to care for patients.
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