IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - August 2018 - 13
Holy Name Medical Center leverages its programming past
while looking toward the future
By Jim Utsler k Photography by Bill Bernstein
CIO at Holy Name
Medical Center, has
been working in the midrange
environment since the days of
the IBM System/38. Throughout
that time, he's seen myriad
changes in that space, not the
least of which is how much the
platform has changed from the
earliest systems to the latest
IBM Power Systems* servers.
Now, he notes, it's "much more
flexible" than it's ever been.
Holy Name was established in
1925 in Teaneck, New Jersey by
two surgeons, with the support of
a Catholic sister, Mother General
Agatha Brown of the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Peace. When the first
patient arrived, the facility had
115 beds and fewer than a dozen
physicians. A short five years
later, however, it had added a
70-bed unit to meet the needs of
area residents suffering through
the Great Depression.
Today, Holy Name has a
361-bed acute-care facility
and almost 1,000 physicians.
Additionally, among other
specialized services, it currently
boasts the Patricia Lynch Cancer
Center, The Interventional
Institute, The MS Center, The
Institute for Simulation Learning
and The Institute for Clinical
Putting Users (and
* Holy Name Medical Center runs its electronic
health record system via a set of applications
dubbed WebHIS (i.e., web-based hospital
* Holy Name solicits feedback from clinical
staff throughout the development process
for each new app.
* A shortage of RPG skills prompted Holy
Name to take a multipronged approach:
starting an internship program and slowly
migrating applications to PHP.
As one might expect, a medical
facility of this size requires a
robust hardware and software
infrastructure. In this case,
that includes two active IBM
Power Systems servers-a
production 824 and a backup
750-with the 750 acting as an
IBM PowerHA* mirror of the 824.
The software, well, it's been
around for seemingly forever.
Holy Name's electronic health
record (EHR) system comprises
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