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Do You Have the Emergency Why Your Organization Needs a Business Continuity Plan Now


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BY REDA CHOUFFANI H


AVING APPROPRIATE business continuity plans (BCP) and disaster recovery plans (DRP) in place will ensure that healthcare organizations can


operate and care for patients through different types of interruptions. Whether natural disasters, human errors, or system crashes, catastrophes can be tragic in the healthcare setting, and having these plans in place is critical.


BCP is the logistical plan that ensures the system can


recover all or some of the patient care systems. In some cases recovering from a system failure quickly can be a matter of life or death. In addition to patient health, resuming normal operations as quickly as possible minimizes disruption to the business. The basic definition of a BCP is an organization-wide process that can define, test, and maintain a plan to recover from any system disruption or failure.


Existing standards provide key elements and controls


for risk assessment. HIPAA requirements provide controls for administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. Meanwhile, a widely adopted international standard —defined in the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission’s ISO/IEC 17799—consists of definitions for information security controls in the following 10 areas:


• Security policy • Organizational security • Asset classification and control • Personnel security • Physical and environmental security • Communications and operations management • Access control • Systems development and maintenance


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