Y2K@NIH A Work in Progress
It wasn't New Year's Eve, but some NIH staff quietly celebrated a millennial passage earlier this spring when the Center for Information Technology reported that 100 percent of NIH's mission-critical systems are Y2K-compliant.
NIH identified 14 essential systems such as IMPAC, MEDLARS, and the Administrative Database, and prioritized them for Y2K evaluation, remediation, and IV & V (independent validation and verification). NIH not only completed the work by the DHHS deadline but also reported that 98 percent of its remaining systems are Y2K-compliant.
The good news results from years of planning by NIH's Year 2000 work group. Since 1996, IC representatives coordinated by CIT have considered how to deal with the industry-wide computer problem that stems from a failure to recognize the two-digit date "00" as 2000. Left uncorrected, the glitch could cause malfunctions in many systems, including embedded microchips operating biomedical equipment.
Other phases of NIH's Y2K project continue:
Visit http://irm.cit.nih.gov/y2000/ for the complete picture with Y2K progress reports, evaluation tips, and related links, including CIT's interactive clearinghouses for IT and biomedical equipment where you can search the compliance of hundreds of software and hardware products. If you need specific assistance in readying office or laboratory systems for Y2K, call GO CIT (4-6248).
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