When disasters strike, the first response is to focus on the immediate needs of those people impacted by the event. Effectively meeting the direct needs of disaster victims often means taking a proactive approach to healthcare disaster preparedness and recovery well before disasters ever occur.
The transition to EHR (electronic healthcare records) has helped hospitals buttress their roles as gatekeepers of valuable health data, especially in a disaster scenario.
To effectively coordinate care and ensure patient safety during disasters—those with both natural and human origins—hospitals need to be able to freely access their EHR systems. Our disaster preparedness white paper addresses some of the top patient data and EHR questions healthcare organizations (HCOs) should consider when creating their disaster response (DR) plans.