Health systems and the latest disasters raise the essentiality of robust and fully reliable security. The arena is now characterized by the demanded preparedness to make hospitals as ready as they can be.
FREMONT, CA: Natural and human-made disasters often result in the breakdown of the social system and services with damaging effects on human development and economy. They also cause ill-health and deaths either directly or through the disruption of health systems, leaving the affected communities without access to healthcare in times of emergency. This insists healthcare organizations to guard themselves against any disaster to protect sensitive assets and trust of its customers. Below are specific measures a healthcare firm can adapt to this end.
• Brick-and-Mortar Lays the Foundation
Investing in physical infrastructure is a top priority. Funding should be there to build flood walls, and a firm should move technical equipment out of the basement, including the data center and other electronic assets.
• HIEs to Ensure the Flow of Data
The use of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) should be integrated into emergency plans. It provides an ability to have that data ready to follow people and care for them. The HIEs reside in two co-located data centers, both of which support the organizations to maintain a high availability and has a backup option.
• Technology Flies in to Save the Day
Organizations should think about new ways to connect patients and providers during emergencies which offer kits for critical care and mass casualty response delivered by drones, even before first responders can arrive. Along with standard medications and medical equipment.
• Telehealth Finds a Way Through
In communities affected by natural disasters, telehealth is a lifesaver. Patients who are not able to travel can reach out to local physicians using smartphone, laptop or tablet or any such devices. As long as patient and doctor have device access, they can use applications to connect each other, but if power is down at the local hospital, patients and physicians can also reach each other across state lines.
• Flash Storage puts Data at Hand
Progressive organizations are depending on flash storage for primary storage and backup, particularly for EHRs a. The performance and availability benefits offered can provide significant improvements in patient care and clinical efficiency.
Hospital executives and board members must adopt a long-term outlook to recognize the importance of continually investing in preparedness. There is much to consider- being genuinely prepared requires substantial investments, but this challenge is too significant to ignore.