Most patients that are wheeled into hospital emergency rooms are not given a choice of which doctor will treat them. The expectation is that the medical professionals on duty are qualified, experienced and committed to ensuring their patients "pull through." As we move ever closer to the new millennium, the media frenzy over the potentially disastrous consequences of ineffective Year 2000 (Y2K) solutions is heating up. The burning question is no longer, "How can we make our IT systems Y2K compliant?" Rather, it is, "What will my business do if my Y2K solution doesn't live up to expectations?"

IT and business consultancies will virtually become emergency rooms for injured organizations that thought they were compliant, but now realize they need assistance from specialists. Businesses with minor fractures can be dealt with in a fairly routine manner. Organizations in critical condition will need serious attention immediately.

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