Corporate Compliance

Is your facility prepared for disaster?

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, December 1, 2008

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Disasters are not exclusive to any one area. Some areas may be more susceptible to tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, external risks exist elsewhere in the form of crime, fire, and bioterrorism.

This omnipresent potential for disaster is why the number of organizations without a sufficient disaster recovery and business continuity plan is surprising and alarming, says Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates in Portland, OR.

“I’ve conducted numerous audits of providers, health plans, business associates, and vendors, and it is very rare to find a complete, accurate, and tested disaster recovery plan accompanied by a business continuity plan,” Apgar says. “Often, plans do not exist, are incomplete, out of date, have not been tested, and/or concentrate only on the technical infrastructure and not the business.”

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