Business Continuity

Ensuring business continuity has become more important and mandatory in today's healthcare.  As more systems become electronic, ensuring continuous access to critical patient data 24/7 is crucial to ensuring patient safety.

Just because the system goes "down" doesn't mean that the clinicians job stops. What's your organization's plan to address downtime? 

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Expert highlights risk, cost and recovery as keys to business continuity strategies
James Watson, CEO of BlackPoint IT Services, recently asserted that the key to any business continuity strategy is balancing risk, cost and recovery
Infrastructure firm offers hospital business continuity recommendations
Emerson Network Power, a leading critical infrastructure solution firm, recently released a number of key tips which hospitals should consider following to ensure business continuity.
Practice, planning critical to successful handling of EHR downtime
It is critical for hospitals to both practice and plan for EHR downtime scenarios.
2013 likely to see challenges, changes to business continuity
According to a recent study, this year will see significant challenges, and changes, to how firms approach business continuity.
With flood risks in UK growing, business continuity is essential
The importance of business continuity is becoming particularly important for organizations in the U.K., as Bdaily contributor Neil Stephenson recently highlighted, as the risk of severe flooding in that nation has become increasingly dire.
Business continuity playing larger role in disaster recovery plans
Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and even major thunderstorms all threaten organizations of any type.
Hospitals have to be ready for disasters
Business continuity solutions are becoming increasingly important in healthcare because hospitals have to find a way to remain active and continue providing care services in the event of a major natural disaster or short-term system outage.
Business continuity plans under magnifying glass with Hurricane Sandy
Healthcare business continuity solutions are gaining a more prominent role with the rise of EHR systems.
Disaster recovery, business continuity should be priorities in healthcare
Downtime means lost money in almost every industry. The financial damages of a disaster that leads to an outage can be substantial.
Data sharing vital for large-scale disaster response efforts
When disasters strike, it is essential that hospitals are prepared to maintain care despite the emergency.
Changing operational needs dictate prioritization of business continuity
Businesses are facing changing circumstances when it comes to maintaining day-to-day operations.
Every organization has to be prepared for disruption
It can be tempting for business leaders to feel as if they do not have to worry about their operational efforts being disrupted, as they can work around a short outage with relative ease.
Business continuity success hinges on upper-level support
The rising dependence on IT systems across a variety of industries is making investments in business continuity solutions essential for businesses.
Business continuity often overlooked by organizations
With National Preparedness Month taking place in September, Travelers, an insurance company, recently released a study that found approximately 48 percent of businesses do not have a plan in place to support business continuity or disaster recovery in the event of an emergency.
Isaac leaves hundreds of thousands without power
Hurricane Isaac recently swept through the Gulf Coast region, leaving residents from a 300-mile stretch spreading from southwestern Mississippi to eastern Texas dealing with high flood waters and downed power lines, Time magazine reported.
Practice among vital considerations for business continuity
Business continuity solutions are becoming more important in almost every market in the world.
Healthcare companies struggling with disaster recovery
Disaster recovery and business continuity are especially important in the healthcare industry. While there is a difference between recovery and continuity, they generally align in overall purpose.
Hospitals may need to consider squirrels in their continuity plans
Hospitals running any kind of EHR systems have to consider power, network and system outages as major threats to operations.
Organizations should not try to build business continuity on their own
The entire process of strategically developing a business continuity strategy, deploying technologies, training employees and practicing the solution to ensure everything goes smoothly when an outage occurs can be extremely complex.
Hospitals have to get better at business continuity, report says
Business continuity and disaster recovery are among the greatest challenges hospitals face in the wake of EHRs.
Business continuity emphasized in light of London Olympics
With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games slated to begin this month in London, the U.K. government has been working to implement a variety of strategies to deal with congestion and general business disruption caused by the event.
ISO releases international business continuity standard
For organizations in almost every industry, business continuity planning is an important practice.
Businesses continuity becoming priority for more organizations
Business continuity, and the closely related disaster recovery, are rapidly becoming more important than ever for organizations.
Expert: Nature of data recovery, business continuity evolving
While the need to protect one's business against high impact disasters is a priority, a one analyst recently asserted that business continuity must now cover low-level functions as well.
Disaster recovery becoming critical in healthcare
Disaster recovery systems, along with business continuity solutions, are becoming essential considerations for healthcare providers.
Businesses increasing focus on continuity, study finds
Organizations are increasingly recognizing that they need to invest in business continuity strategies in an effort to ensure they are able to maintain operations in the event of a disaster or outage.
Hospitals need to take disaster recovery more seriously
Hospital business continuity plans have long been built around making sure physicians would always have access to their paper records and critical clinical data.
Mobile efforts need to align with business continuity strategies
Hospitals and physician offices are increasingly embracing smartphones and tablets equipped with a variety of healthcare solutions, ranging from data sharing applications to collaboration tools that support interaction between various physicians.
Cloud hosting ideal for disaster recovery, report says
In the effort to take advantage of cloud computing and IT Infrastructure services many businesses have found themselves focusing almost exclusively on the technologies' potential as a cost saving tool.
Solar flares could disrupt healthcare operations
A solar storm that was recorded as one of the most powerful since 2006 could disrupt activities on Earth, creating major power outages and disabling radio-based communications, Fox News reported.