Hurricane Sandy & Optimus EMR On-Site Redundancy

Hurricane Sandy occurred in October 2012 and brought widespread devastation and severely affected the utilities and other services in our area of Long Island, NY. In fact, we were without electricity for 23 hoursĀ and used our backup generators during that time period. In addition, our internet services were out which meant that communication to the Optimus EMR data centers was not possible.

Despite these utility outages, we were able to function using the Optimus EMR because of its on-site redundancy feature called an Evergreen Device. This Evergreen Device allows a facility to maintain normal operations during periods of utility outages including the internet. We deliver care to 460 residents and access to our medical records must be available 100% of the time.

Other EMR systems suggest that in times of utility outages that a facility reverts to paper records. There are many flaws and risks with this approach, not the least of which would be having to maintain paper records.

Joanne Parisi
Assistant Administrator
Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center