Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

An Aurora Hospital Helps Bring Order in the Face of Tragedy

March 6, 2014     Gabriel Perna
On the night of July 20, 2012, the City of Aurora, Colorado—a suburb of Denver—was struck with tragedy. A shooter opened fire in a movie theater, killing 12 and injuring 58. That night, one hospital was able to save lives and bring order to the chaos, thanks...

Moving to the Cloud? The Contract is Key

February 25, 2014     John DeGaspari
In an educational session on Monday, called “Hidden Pitfalls of the Cloud, Mobile technology and Mobile Data,” Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at HIMSS and Steven J. Fox, an attorney with Post & Schell, P.C., gave practical advice for provider...

Podcast: The Evolution of Care Coordination Technology in Brooklyn

February 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Karen Nelson, M.D. and Michael Carbery, who oversee the Brooklyn Health Home, the co-second place winning project of the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program, join Gabriel Perna in this edition of the Healthcare Informatics podcast.

HIT Execs: Our Infrastructure Isn't Prepared for Disaster Recovery

February 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Most healthcare IT executives say they do not have the technology infrastructure in place to be fully prepared for a disaster recovery incident, according to a new report from MeriTalk, an Alexandria, Va.-based public-private partnership focused on government IT...

The Cloud by Another Name

December 31, 2013     John DeGaspari
The prospect of storing data—especially clinical data—with a third-party service provider, does not sit well with many hospital CIOs. Yet the cloud comes in more than one flavor.

One Year Later: How an IT-Based Disaster Recovery Plan Helped Cancer Patients Following Hurricane Sandy

November 12, 2013     Rajiv Leventhal
When natural disaster strikes, few facilities are as critical as hospitals and health systems— it was just over one year ago when patient care organizations were searching for ways to quickly get back up and running after Hurricane Sandy ripped its way through...

How One Community Hospital Keeps Pace with Data Growth

September 13, 2013     John DeGaspari
Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, N.Y., a 294-bed community hospital, has seen its volume of data to grow significantly in the few years. That, in turn, has prompted the hospital to streamline the ways it manages and backs up its data from a business...

Be Prepared: Lessons from an Extended Outage of a Hospital’s EHR System

August 30, 2013     Linda Minghella
Having an effective response plan is critical for mitigating the impact of downtime, and your organization has likely put a tremendous amount of thought and care into its contingency plan. But your plan may have an Achilles’ heel that your organization is...

States Prepare for Seamless Exchange of Health Records after Disasters

July 12, 2013     John DeGaspari
Four Gulf states have partnered with six states in the East and Midwest to help patients and providers access critical health information when they are unable to visit their regular doctors or hospitals. The initiative is part of an effort to help make sure their...

mHealth Program Aims to Provide Support to Rural Louisiana

April 23, 2013     Rajiv Leventhal
As the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster just recently passed, a new mobile health program is launching to help address the still lingering health issues for residents of parishes affected by the spill.

Hospitals Prepared for Hurricane Sandy by Bolstering Infrastructure

October 30, 2012     Gabriel Perna
As some hospitals felt Hurricane Sandy’s wrath to the fullest extent, others on the eastern seaboard prepared for the storm by bolstering their infrastructure. At least two hospitals had contingency plans that involved backup data servers, generators, and on-...

Disaster Recovery: Keeping Up With Technology

August 28, 2012     John DeGaspari
As Hurricane Isaac gets ready to bear down on the Gulf Coast, I’m reminded of Hurricane Katrina a scant seven years ago, and how important it is for hospitals to keep their disaster plans current. The good news is that advances in technology do help hospitals be...
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