Business Continuity Planning by ProQuest


The development and management of a robust business continuity plan (BCP) for a healthcare organization can be a daunting task. There are a number of challenges to the development of a full BCP for healthcare organizations. Emergency preparedness and IT disaster recovery plans in healthcare organizations are fairly common and there may be a tendency for management to conclude that the existence of these plans means that business continuity has been effectively addressed. The growing use of telehealth and telemedicine applications has increased the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies that support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, and public health and health administration. Even though technology is critical to the delivery of patient care, healthcare business continuity should not be driven solely by IT. BCP in the healthcare industry will continue to be a significant area of risk for management, and business executives must work closely with IT executives to help meet their organizations' changing needs and realities.

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