When a natural disaster like a hurricane strikes or a health tragedy like the COVID-19 pandemic hits, the healthcare community can be shaken to its core. How quickly and effectively your organization recovers and becomes fully functional for patients comes down to how well you are prepared.
Benjamin Franklin probably didn’t have such catastrophic events in mind when he said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” but it’s as true today as it was over 200 years ago.
When it’s too late to properly prepare for what healthcare is going to face next, organizations like yours have to stop and assess the current post-disaster problems and the possible business continuity concerns.
In the chaos and rush accompanying a catastrophic event, systems can be exposed, personnel can be adversely affected, information and data can be left unprotected, and safety procedures can fall through the cracks. For the healthcare sector, post-disaster recovery can mean facing a dizzying array of complex business-and-life-threatening issues including:
To solve these post-disaster issues and continue with the business of healthcare, the medical professionals and CIOs need to cooperate and collaborate on a Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plan. Having a plan in place makes it lot easier to step up during and after a natural disaster or pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with input from partners, has developed a checklist to help hospitals (acute care facilities) assess and improve their preparedness for responding to a community-wide outbreak of COVID-19 or a natural disaster.
The disaster plan should include:
A formal recovery plan is only the beginning.
To be ready for a disaster, recover, and be up-and-running again, you may need to tap into added staff that is trained and prepared.
The solution is to turn to temporary outside consultants on an as-needed basis. These trained experts, including nurses, procurement and supply chain pros and operations specialists, can readily help supplement your staff or help train them for dealing with both emergency patients and regular hospital patients. Plus, outside consulting experts can help with your organization’s unique clinical workflow, configure your systems and finances to make them more user friendly…and even help you put together a ready disaster plan.
Our experts can analyze your current and rapidly approaching needs to best understand your pain points and objectives and help your organization discover appropriate and immediate staffing and training solutions in light natural or pandemic disasters.
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