With an eye toward making further technological upgrades in the future - possibly sooner rather than later - the Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors voted Tuesday to purchase a new server for storing patient records at a cost of $15,151.
That decision came at the end of a lengthy discussion regarding several different options laid out by Rob Johnson with Huber and Associates, the district's IT contractor.
Johnson presented board members with estimates for upgrades to get the district to an "ideal world scenario" in two phases, with two different options for the first phase. The district already had budgeted $15,000 to replace the existing server - which is seven years old and is nearing full capacity with hard drive space - this year.
Phase one option A would simply replace the district's Fusion server on which run reports and patient records are stored at a total cost of $15,151.
"We would put in the new server, set the old and new servers up side-by-side, load up the new server and migrate the data over," Johnson said.
Phase one option B would replace the Fusion server and the small business server - which runs the district's system log-in and email accounts and also is nearing a point where it too needs to be replaced and currently is running outdated Microsoft software - as well as a free version of a virtual server - on one physical server, as well as installing a virtual server at a total cost of approximately $25,000.