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MRMC to lease computers

McDuffie Regional Hospital, for the first time, will lease computers instead of buying them. The Hospital Authority authorized the lease of 124 Dell computers for the next 36 months at a cost not to exceed $5,944 per month.

As part of the program Dell will also dispose of the old computer equipment. Lisa Tucker, the director of Management Information Systems at the hospital, said three years is a good turn-around point and the lease was preferred due to the hospital not having an in-house repair department for computers.

Ms. Tucker adds that the hardware for the old computers will be wiped clean in accordance with a Department of Defense certified wipe to comply with HIPAA regulations concerning patient confidentiality. Timing is also critical for the project due to the HIPAA security requirements becoming effective April 21.

The current hardware is not capable of meeting the requirements necessary to secure patient information.

More than 90 percent of the computers at the hospital are nearing seven years old, with two-thirds of those being even older. The last major computer purchase was in 1998 when 31 units were replaced.

Extended Hours for Health Department

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, some extended hours will be seen at the McDuffie County Health Department.

Nurse Administrator Virginia Bradshaw informed the McDuffie County Board of Health of extended clinic hours on Tuesday and Thursday until 7 p.m. Appointments will be required for the extended hours.

Ms. Bradshaw said this will allow students to come after school. For health checks and family planning services, clients who depend on transportation from working family members would also have the opportunity to be seen.

The staff at the health department has agreed to work two team shifts with one team working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday one week and a second team working the extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday and have a shorter day on Friday.

The two teams would switch off each week to allow 40 hour work weeks, yet offer more hours for clients.



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