Discussion: Disaster Procedures

Discussion: Disaster Procedures


Introduction to Information Systems for Health Information Technology, Chapters 1 and 8. Chapter 1 introduces the role of computing in health information management while Chapter 8 focuses on Clinical Information Systems.

A large health system has recently converted from an outdated combination of paper documentation and electronic scheduling systems to a more robust EHR. Now that the new system is place, considerations need to be in place in the event of a natural disaster.


In your initial post, please respond to the following:

· Create a scenario involving a natural disaster, and address how the healthcare facility will continue to operate. What technology could be in place to prevent the loss of data?

· When responding to your peers, examine the disaster procedures described. Are they sufficient? Should additional procedures be considered? If so, provide an example.

Respond to at least two classmates:

Classmate # 1

Leslie Hillsberry posted May 31, 2020 10:15 AM 

Natural disasters occur often tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires or even floods which can destroy everything in its path. With a large healthcare system on an electronic health record system it helps the preservation of data. Joplin, Missouri was destroyed with a massive tornado several years ago and large buildings were not spared. By utilizing cloud-based technology, data does not have to be stored at on site server locations. This is a great option against natural disasters.

Mobile healthcare units can be created to assist in treating patients and with the data on cloud instead of servers it can be accessed anywhere. The EHR cloud technology can also provide the ability to transmit the data to other healthcare providers that might need to be called in to treat patients if the current providers are unable to due their own medical conditions from the disaster.

The technology must be set up to back up to the cloud though for it to be available. If data is only stored on their local drives on the providers computer, it will not be able to be accessed if destroyed from disasters.

This discussion brings up a very good point. The planning involved for situations such as a natural disaster is an important process in vetting the EHR.

I’d like to use a hurricane for my example. In recent years hurricanes have caused detrimental impact on local and federal economies. In the planning phase of the EHR selection, the organization should test the infrastructure for just such as event. In the Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) enacted in 2009, organizations were required to assimilate into the electronic health record (Kevin, 2014). In doing this, planning for the unexpected data loss would need to occur.

Something to consider in this situation is housing data in a centralized location rather than each organization for example in centralized servers (Sayles, 2018). The steps to take to avoid any data loss would first begin with thorough testing as mentioned above. The HIT system interface and infrastructure, and possibly centralized servers would need testing.


Guidelines for Submission: Write an initial post, ideally 1–2 paragraphs, and reply to at least two posts during the week outside of your initial post thread.