Healthcare Informatics: Applications Part I

With recent devastations that are caused by natural disasters, it’s crucial for the organization to adopt strategies to mitigate the impact of disasters. Notably, modern health care organizations depend on technology in providing quality care and improving health outcomes.  In this context, most organizations possess technological equipment such as the EMR that are prone to destruction by natural disasters such as electricity blackouts.  Since natural disasters cannot be predicted or controlled, I would ensure the organization maintains date back up provided by cloud computing, which can be used to retrieve valuable information of the patient in case a disaster occurs.  The first thing to do when a natural disaster cuts the internet and power is to create a moving forward strategy to ensure all the operations continue in the facility. The moving forward strategy would include activating the security systems to protect the equipment that stores crucial patient information from possible damage by power leakages.  In regards to internet disruption, I would ensure that information about specific medical cases is available and accessible in the hand copies.

In the occurrence of a disaster, I would ensure that patient information is recorded in hand copies to provide continued care for the whole week. On the event of power loss, I would ensure there is the power back up such as the use of generators for continued operations in critical units such as ICU.  In improving the condition, I would recommend the integration of cloud computing to store crucial information for the organization. I would recommend the organization to have the right insurance to protect sophisticated equipment such as EMR from possible destruction.  Also, recommend the installation of wireless internet connection within the facility to mitigate against internet disruptions.