Health providers of all sizes rely extensively on information technology to deliver patient care. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, Pictorial Archiving Systems (PACS), and Diagnostic devices are ubiquitous in care settings. Information, therefore, has become the lifeblood for health providers. Clinicians and business units need timely information to do work.
Health care providers must have an IT infrastructure that can sustain outages of various types and at various locations without causing process or clinical workflow havoc. This, then, is the goal of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning. Developing such a plan that considers a variety of unexpected contingencies requires forethought and analysis.
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At Techumen we develop Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Plans (BCP) that appropriately balance risks and costs. Our analysis for corrections and to fill in gaps must meet this objective. In developing any plan we take into consideration clinical and business workflows, technical constraints, risks and costs in our overall analysis.
A good BCP and DR plan is vital to the success of any organization that seeks long-term survival. Emergencies and outages will happen. Acts of God for example cannot be avoided. But planning adequately for disasters and emergencies is a must.