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When Disaster Strikes

May 30, 2008
by stacey
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Healthcare organizations are increasingly putting money into disaster recovery, and rightly so. But for those who haven’t realized the importance of making sure they are as ready as possible for the unthinkable, I offer you a glimpse of today’s tragic accident in Manhattan. The crane that toppled down on the apartment building in the upper east side that critically injured three people — one of whom fatally — is not only a sad event in a thriving city, but a reminder of how quickly and easily things can go horribly wrong, especially given that the apartment building that was hit was not terribly far away from several New York City hospitals. It’s not good to be paranoid, true, but then again it’s not good to be ill prepared either.


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Stacey Kramer is Managing Editor of Healthcare Informatics. She writes feature stories and...