DOD gives systems clean bill of health

DOD gives systems clean bill of health

Department puts medical systems through series of end-to-end Y2K tests

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

The Defense Department has declared its medical logistics, patient administration and patient care systems year 2000-ready.

The department on Sept. 30 set logistics systems' clocks forward to Jan. 1 and experienced no mistakes during end-to-end tests, said Dr. Sue Bailey, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs. DOD earlier this summer tested its patient records systems.

'These results underscore confidence in our ability to continue the delivery of quality health care services irrespective of Y2K,' she said. Officials also tested for the leap year date, Feb. 29, 2000.

Officials from DOD's Office of Inspector General and the General Accounting Office independently validated the tests, which included 500 transactions on the logistics systems. During a July test, the department ran 8,500 transactions using the patient administration and patient care systems.

Systems users, including managed care contractors and medical supply vendors, also tested interfaces to contractors' systems. Defense officials accessed medical information, checked beneficiary eligibility, enrolled patients, processed patients' claims and verified immunization data.

With the year 2000 testing done, DOD's health officials are assembling a team to monitor health care systems during the Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 transition.

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