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ACP-ASIM Pressroom

Y2K Guidance Available Online From ACP-ASIM

March 30, 1999 - For Immediate Release

Web Site Outlines Four Immediate Steps to Take

(Washington, DC): Guidance for physicians on dealing with Y2K concerns is now available online at the Y2K Information Center web site maintained by the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine at http://www.acponline.org/y2k/.

The Y2K Information Center contains a complete list of resources to assist doctors in dealing with the millennium bug including:

  • A guide for replacing non-Y2K compliant computer equipment called "Selecting a Software System."
  • A list of four "First Steps" to take as well as four "Don'ts" to make sure a medical practice is Y2K compliant.
  • Guidance on how to check out Y2K compliance for medical devices and business support systems.
  • Links to outside sites offering free vendor inquiry form letters, software for testing hardware, and compliance reports on specific medical and other devices.

"Precious little time remains in which to correct Y2K problems," warns Carl Cunningham, director of the ACP-ASIM's Center for a Competitive Advantage. "Any delay could mean doctors will miss the deadline for correcting their systems due to vendor backlogs in providing updates and replacement software."

ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group. Membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are the major providers of medical care to adults in America and treat more Medicare patients than any other medical specialist.

Contact

Jack E. Pope, ACP-ASIM Washington Office, 202-261-4556

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