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5 Ways to Protect Health Organizations from Disaster

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 1, 2019

Proper research and thorough preparation will assist medical professionals to remain focused during disasters.

FREMONT, CA: Hospitals, health systems, and doctors are increasingly investing in tools, ensuring that they provide improved patient care when the worst happens. Whether it’s a natural catastrophe, a ransomware attack or even a scheduled breakdown, maintaining data security and making it available while continuing to serve patients needs a range of instruments, including firewalls, data encryption, and surveillance solutions, and requires facilities such as exchanges of health information, data center solutions, and cloud solutions.

Healthcare organizations receive economic support to upgrade the infrastructure and emergency energy system, critical to ensuring access to health IT systems, including networks, computers, and medical devices to tackle against emergencies.

Here are some of the techniques and tactics that are used to safeguard healthcare organizations and patients:

• The Brick and Mortar Foundation: The first step is to concentrate on the physical infrastructure. The technical equipment should be shifted from the cellar. The foundation should be durable so that in case of emergencies, evacuations and data safety doesn't take a toll on the management.

• HIE Ensure the Information Flow: The use of Health Information Exchange (HIE) should be incorporated into emergency plans.  If and when the organization spreads individuals to the wind or even sends them to other countries, then there is an opportunity to have that information prepared to follow them and take care of them. The HIE is located in two co-located data centers that help the Health Connect platform of the organization to preserve high availability. If the platform goes down, it will be picked up instantly.

• Technology is Saving the Day: Organizations are considering current methods of connecting patients and suppliers in emergencies. Even before first responders can arrive, Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations provides kits for critical care and mass casualty reaction from drones. The package involves a couple of smart glasses that integrate with an augmented reality headset, along with normal medicines and medical equipment. This alternative enables doctors to see the same thing as a caregiver on the scene.

• Telehealth can Find a Way: Telehealth is a lifesaver in societies cut off by natural disasters. Patients who cannot travel can use a smartphone, laptop, or tablet to reach local physicians. They can use applications like Skype to communicate as long as patient and doctor have mobile access, but if power is down at the local hospital, patients and doctors can also reach each other across state lines.

• Flash Storage Data for Better Outcomes: Some progressive organizations, especially for EHRs and virtual desktop infrastructure, are turning to flash storage for primary storage and backup. The performance and accessibility advantages provided in manufacturing and backup environments can significantly improve patient care and clinical effectiveness. What's more, flash technology can offer reductions in total ownership costs for suppliers of all sizes with the correct solution in place.

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