REVIEWER: Mark Moroses, senior director of network services for Maimonides Medical Center.

BACKGROUND: Maimonides Medical Center is the third-largest independent teaching hospital in the U.S. and has more than 800 physicians tapping its information systems. The Brooklyn-based hospital needs to keep patient records, prescription data, medical supply ordering and fulfillment, research data, clinical imaging databases and more at the doctors' fingertips at all times of the day and night. For Maimonides, data availability really is a life or death issue.

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