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Leap Year 2016: 3 Steps to Avoiding Health IT Problems

Posted by The HCI Group on February 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Leap Year 2016: 3 Steps to Avoiding Health IT Problems

In this post, we discuss 3 steps to avoiding healthcare IT problems that might come up during this leap year of 2016.

If you are scheduling surgery for March 1, make sure that it isn’t actually February 29. As a leap year, 2016 has an extra day, which could disrupt care, scheduling and finances if you’re not prepared.

Improperly configured health IT systems may ignore the extra day and treat the Monday that is February 29 as March 1 instead. Given that systems sometimes aren’t prepared even for recurring changes in Daylight savings time, you should prepare now to mitigate potential patient safety, operational and financial risk involved with the less common occurrence of leap year.

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