Health providers of all sizes rely extensively on information technology to deliver patient care. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, Pictorial Archiving Systems (PACS), and Diagnostic devices are ubiquitous in care settings. Information, therefore, has become the lifeblood for health providers. Clinicians and business units need timely information to do work.
Health care providers must have an IT infrastructure that can sustain outages of various types and at various locations without causing process or clinical workflow havoc. This, then, is the goal of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning. Developing such a plan that considers a variety of unexpected contingencies requires forethought and analysis.