Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Time to Upgrade!

I was recently in a meeting where I heard an update on IT initiatives occurring across the system and locally at the Research Institute. It’s amazing to see all of the various hardware and software applications that need to be updated and integrated to ensure associates and providers can do their very best work day in and day out.

Some of the IT initiatives we can expect to see in the next couple of months are Teleconferencing (WebEx) on Smartphone's, an upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 (occurred already for most) and a massive PC refresh initiative that occurs each year, on a recurring four year cycle. I’m especially excited about the PC refresh project as it means roughly 150 desktops and 20 laptops will be swapped out and replaced with brand new models.  We are also taking this opportunity to work with departments needing to adapt to changing work flow by replacing desktops with laptop/docking station combos. Finally, knowing that we can’t always control the desk space we have available to us, we will procure “micro form factor” PCs that are about a third of the foot print as a regular PC… yet have the same CPU and memory as their larger counterpart.    

Communication will be forthcoming around the PC refresh project, but I would like to extend a big thank you to the MedStar Health’s dedicated and knowledgeable IT team for keeping us all connected!

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