The Importance of Disaster Plans

Sandbags are stacked at the entrance to the Goldman Sachs Group headquarters in New York in preparation for superstorm Sandy Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

After several close calls with hurricanes, executives at Florida Hospital in Orlando decided to rethink their disaster plans. A direct hit by a storm could, of course, endanger patients. But it could also destroy the technology that the facility depends on for medical records, clinical test results, and accounting. With strict regulations about hospital safety and the critical nature of the facility’s services, nothing could be left to chance. The hospital came up with a comprehensive strategy to prepare for future disasters, reengineering how it safeguarded its digital records and reserving backup offices.

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