Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning
Rick Parrott – The EHR Nurse

Is your clinic fault tolerant? Do you have a formal business continuity plan? Why not?

Fault Tolerant is defined as the ability to continue operating in the event of a failure. In the information technology world, we make systems fault tolerant by providing multiple redundant systems.

In the old days, before meaningful use, medical professionals use paper to record this patient notes. They really didn’t have the need to be fault tolerant. Ah, the old days.

In the United States, more than 70% of all physicians are using some form of electronic medical records in their practices. That’s a lot of patient data needing safeguarding. Most clinics think that because they have a backup copy of their data that they do not need a formal business continuity plan. Unfortunately, this is not true.

Onsite backups can be a problem because many small businesses do not keep up with creating them. They might miss a day here, a day there. Finally, they stop altogether. Who does your data backups? Are you sure your employees are backing up your data? Where is the backup stored? Onsite or offsite?

Business continuity planning goes far beyond simply backing up data and hoping disaster never strikes. A good business continuity plan gets you digging deep into your business to understand how to it works and what needs to happen to re-establish operations after an emergency or traumatic event.

Every business needs some level of business continuity planning to safeguard their data.

We all know building a BCP can be time-consuming, but there is help available. Contact Us for more information on creating your business continuity plan.

NIST Guidance on Conducting a Business Continuity Plan: NIST SP800-34 rev1

Let Rick Parrott Consulting help you with your Business Continuity Plan.