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How to build a comprehensive business continuity programme for a healthcare organisation

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Since 2005 there has been an ongoing examination of the impact of disasters on hospitals, with specific interest in those rendered inoperable or seriously crippled operationally and financially. Following several evaluations of these events and the publication of several reports detailing gaps in preparedness, more is known about the impact to hospitals directly affected by emergencies and catastrophic events. As a result, there have been continued updates to regulations and standards. However, a significant gap remains in the establishment of a model representing true integration of risk management practices within hospitals. This paper discusses one approach to addressing that gap through building a comprehensive business continuity programme for healthcare organisations. This programme is intended to result in a roadmap towards resilience in the face of the many risks faced by hospitals today.
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Keywords: business continuity planning; continuity of operations (COOP); disasters; emergencies; healthcare; hospitals

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning is the essential professional journal publishing peer-reviewed articles and case studies written by and for business continuity and emergency managers.

    Each quarterly 100-page issue combines provocative thought-leadership pieces – which expand what can be achieved with business continuity and emergency management – with detailed, actionable advice and ‘lessons learned’, showing how programmes have been specified, designed, implemented, tested and updated, as well as how interruptions, emergencies and exercises have been managed in practice. The journal focuses on key strategic and business issues – not technical minutiae – with no advertorial or advertising.

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