Safety

Disaster plans and IT

Emergency Management Alert, December 8, 2009

Most hospitals prepare their clinicians on what to do during a disaster. But what if the hospital's IT systems that clinicians depend so heavily on, stop working?

A recent article in HealthLeaders Media explores the need to address IT failure in disaster plans. With IT systems down, communication of test results might fail, and with no designated alternative communication, a hospital could be in trouble.

Billing systems may also be affected, creating delays in care. Jim Grogan, vice president of consulting and software product marketing for SunGard Availability, suggests hospital emergency management coordinators involve IT technicians when developing the emergency operations plans and during drills.

Source: HealthLeaders Media.

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