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Disaster Recovery Journal and Business Continuity Planning Workgroup for Healthcare Organizations (BCPWHO) have partnered to raise awareness on business continuity and disaster recovery issues in the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry is a fast-growing segment that faces many challenges when tackling data storage, regulatory and compliance standards, privacy issues and more. It is imperative that planning professionals remain up to date on the latest information, methodologies and technologies.
This partnership will serve as an information portal for planners and will offer many benefits for anyone in the healthcare business continuity and disaster recovery fields.
According to Bob Arnold, president of DRJ, the information will be disseminated through DRJ’s online site, the magazine and through annual conferences.
“Healthcare is such a critical component of our infrastructure. It is imperative that this sector remain well protected against any risk. The recent pandemic has again reminded us how important it is to protect that resource. We hope in this new partnership with BCPWHO we can share the knowledge needed to those tasked in the healthcare industry on how best to protect their organizations”, said Arnold.
BCPWHO will provide exclusive online articles throughout 2010. These will appear on drj.com. In addition, two articles will appear in editions of the Disaster Recovery Journal. Other information could include White Papers, surveys, newsletters and conference presentations.
“With the move to electronic medical records, the increasing number of events requiring contingency planning responses, such as ‘surge’ situations , and more stringent regulatory compliance guidelines for protecting the medical records, it is imperative that we be prepared for ‘all hazards’, says Bill Rider, President of BCPWHO,, “ We are pleased that through our partnership with DRJ our members will have access to additional resources to ensure healthcare continuity programs are in place to care for the communities we serve.”
Healthcare professionals and those in related industries are encouraged to visit the healthcare industry portal often. Participation in surveys, white papers and more will build the information-sharing opportunities in the healthcare industry.
For more information, visit www.drj.com or www.bcpwho.org.
Formed in 2002, COOP Systems is a leading provider of Business Continuity Management software for the global enterprise, covering all Operational Risk Mitigation needs. Winner of Software of the Year Award, COOP Systems empowers some of the world's largest organizations by unifying all the Professional Practices, including BIA/Risk, Planning, Incident Command and Notification processes, in one instance that covers the enterprise.
To supply Business Continuity Management software that covers all Operational Risk Mitigation needs, that can be quickly and easily implemented by organizations to support enterprise recovery programs, allowing them to get back into business as quickly as possible while protecting the assets and people of the organization.
BIA/Risk Analysis in myCOOP is integrated completely in the same unified instance of myCOOP software. With the need to conduct this work simultaneously at all points of a distributed enterprise, this capability allows for the simple creation, distribution, collection and analysis of multiple concurrent surveys throughout the organization for risk and business impact analysis considerations.
Some standard surveys are supplied to users, e.g., an exhaustive BS25999-standard twenty-five part risk assessment.
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Plan Design & Development
This phase is fast and powerful. Content from legacy planning tools is imported into myCOOP with special tools. Existing content in Microsoft-formatted structured and unstructured sources is quickly re-used with simple imports. Templates of private and public sector documents and tables are supplied to fill gaps in clients' continuity planning process. All content types are supported, e.g., documents and files, contact lists, and database tables.
A complete set of standard BC and DR templates and processes are available for immediate use by public and private sector clients. Pandemic is included. The result allows organizations to have planners easily and immediately review, document and update plans and procedures.
At the plan and site levels, standard design and control features are easily modified by the Administrator from a simple browser.
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Training and Awareness
To support this phase, a calendar view can be used to manage student and teacher schedules. For Awareness, there are unlimited free concurrent Guest accounts allowed on myCOOP. Any plan participant who needs to review content on the system can be allowed by the Administrator with no license charges.
All activity on the system is monitored by real-time usage reports by several parameters, including user access by time period, allowing the Administrator to track Awareness & Training compliance.
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Exercises and Tests
All activity on the system is monitored by real-time usage reports by several parameters, including user access by time period, allowing the Administrator to track Awareness & Training compliance. GANTT chart views are available.
Exercises help provide emergency simulations promoting preparedness, improve response capability of individuals and organizations, validate plans, policies, procedures and systems, and determine the effectiveness of command, control, communication functions and event-scene activities.
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Updating & Maintenance
Best practices indicate organizations should have a policy of periodic review and (as needed) update of plan elements. This work is often the responsibility of over-worked Contributors in multiple locations. myCOOP allows simplified creation and re-use of routine and one-off maintenance tasks, rolled-up for central viewing by the Administrator.
Assignees are alerted to assignments and report on their progress. Access by Contributors is always by URL to their responsibility areas, easily bookmarked for repetitive access.
GANTT charts and graphics are available for graphical views of progress against plan and compliance.
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The myCOOP™ Recovery Dashboard manages exercises or actual events, avoiding the problems with executing printed plans. Currency, inflexibility and access are no longer problems. Instead, myCOOP™ allows pre-determined views and response actions to be managed in real time from anywhere on the Web or via PDA.
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COOP Systems integrates with numerous vendors that manage emergency notification. Our complete set of .NET SOAP Web Services and other powerful integration tools facilitates that capability.
Depending on the notification vendor's capabilities, their solutions can be managed from the COOP Systems Recovery Dashboard . For example, with MIR3, a customer can manage many key functions without ever leaving myCOOP™. Those capabilities include creating, retrieving, sending and managing broadcast emergency notifications across a full spectrum of methods, including SMS, voice, text-to-voice, pager, and fax.
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COOP Systems uses the most advanced Microsoft technology to deliver a robust, scalable, powerful platform for myCOOP. COOP Systems teams with Verizon Business to deliver 99.99% guaranteed up-time for hosted clients at Tier-4, SAS-70, Type II data centers in Atlanta and Toronto. Rapid recovery from any scenario, including regional failures, with the two facilities backing up one another.
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eBRP Solutions, Inc. is the thought leader in BCM tools. Our Process Modeling engine, introduced in 2003, integrating Risk, Impact, asset criticality and interdependencies at the Process level, has since become the industry norm. Our award-winning Toolkit Suite of products is recognized as an innovative, cutting-edge approach to intelligent Incident Ready Planning. We have continued to develop innovative products, using leading-edge technology to help organizations gather the intelligence required for effective dynamic Incident Management decision support. All of our products are web-based and licensed for unlimited users, putting those tools in the hands of everyone in the organization with the need and the knowledge to benefit from their use. BCM is not just about Plans. Sustainable BCM requires a multi-layered understanding of the complex and ever-changing interdependencies that power today’s organizations. eBRP Solutions delivers products that enable organizations to identify those interdependencies, and use that intelligence to create a viable, sustainable an Incident Ready BCM program.
- January 31, 2009: eBRP proudly announces the grand opening of it's state of the art Training Academy. It will provide organizations the opportunities to supplement their normal training with dedicated, off-site immersion in Toolkit Suite education.
News and Articles
Case-Studies and Whitepapers
- Whitepapers: BCM Solutions of Today's World
The world economy is in turmoil. Big companies are scrambling for bailout money, while others lay off employees or file for bankruptcy...What does all that mean for the Business Continuity industry? There is no crystal ball. But what we should all be aware of – and what all of us in the industry must not forget – is that our employers cannot afford to go backward... Read More
- Whitepapers: BCM Preparedness - How Mature is your organization
“Success” in Business Continuity Management (BCM), as in life, can be measured in many different ways. How you define success will determine whether or not you – and your organization’s BCM program – are truly ready of the unexpected. Read More
- Whitepapers: Planning to Return to Business As Usual
Whether you already have Plans or are just beginning to create them, your ultimate Planning objectives should be firmly understood. Every organization must choose its own objectives, but if the goal of your organization’s BCM program is assuring the ability to survive any disruption. Read More
- Whitepapers: Are you Incident Ready?
When the ‘moment of truth’ arrives, will everyone know what to do? Will decision makers have the information they need to make decisions? Will you be able to coordinate the needs and demands of Recovery Teams and business management? Or will you be forced to ‘wing it’? Read More
- Whitepapers: Are you getting value from your BIA?
If a BIA is a fundamental part of BCM, the underlying cost may simply be a necessary evil. But, when a BIA is a one-time ‘project’ – as in many organizations – is the cost realistically proportional to its value? Read More
- Pandemic Planning - A Template
There’s more to Pandemic Planning than how you’ll handle a severely diminished workforce. eBRP’s Pandemic Planning Template was developed with the help of experts, and has been used by many organizations as the foundation of their Pandemic Planning program. Read More
Products & Services
Toolkit SaaS is a hosted edition of Toolkit, available as a pay-as-you-go service, with no long term contract. Toolkit SaaS incorporates all the features of self-hosted Toolkit including unlimited user access & free product upgrades. Click here to learn more.
CommandCentre harnesses the intelligence of Toolkit to provide the Decision Support, Collaboration, Optimization and Status Communication functionality needed to manage any disruption or incident. Serving as both an EOC tool and testing platform, CommandCentre can identify gaps in the planning process, help optimize workflow and enhance collaboration. Click here to learn more.
eBRP’s Professional Services group offers a full spectrum of BCM enhancement services - including Plan Migration, to help migrate all your existing Plans, Processes, Teams, Applications & other data from your legacy DRP software into award-winning Toolkit. Click here to learn more.
In The Industry
eBRP to Sponsor DRJ's Spring World 2009 March 29 - 31 in Orlando, FL
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LBL Technology Partners is a Division of Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP. The Firm was founded in 1941 and has grown steadily over the years. We have several divisions including accounting and auditing, tax, pension administration, and technology consulting services.
Our firm is a charter member and founder of The Leading Edge Alliance, an organization created to help large independent accounting and consulting practices leverage the strength of a multinational firm while maintaining their local expertise. The Leading Edge Alliance has 60 offices across the country and also has offices overseas. Through the Leading Edge Alliance, the members have adopted procedures for the mutual exchange of professional advice and technical assistance, as well as for talents and services of specialists skilled in every service performed by the profession.
We use both a responsive and proactive approach in servicing our clients. We actively seek opportunities to improve their operations and strengthen the management capabilities of their organization. Our track record indicates that our clients benefit in both better understanding and managing their business and operations.
- October 24, 2008: LBL Technology Partners Joins DRJ's Industry Spotlight
News and Articles
- Article: The BCP Maintenance Challenge
- Article: Comparing & Selecting Recovery Strategies
- Article: The Recovery Team Planning Approach
- Article: Evaluating Offsite Storage Alternatives
- Article: How to Write Effective Disaster Recovery Procedures
Podcasts, Webinars, Video
- Webinar: How to Survive a BCP Audit (Recorded September 10, 2008)
- Podcast: An Efficient Approach for Organizing and Developing A Comprehensive Business Continuity Plan
Case-Studies and Whitepapers
Official Website: http://www.DRplan.com/
HQ: Minneapolis, MN 55305
Products & Services
LBL Technology Partners provides a state-of-the art, web based BCP software and conducts comprehensive business continuity planning consulting services. We have developed hundreds of continuity plans for organizations in all facets of public and private industry. LBL has developed a proven methodology that has been successfully used by organizations during their recovery after a disaster event. We use a flexible methodology that provides a framework for responding to a broad range of contingency events that may disrupt normal operations of an organization. Our planning process results in a comprehensive plan to minimize disruptions, protect personnel and assets, and ensure the continuation of mission critical business services and operations.
LBL also performs IT Auditing (including SAS 70 Audits) and IT Assessment & Planning engagements. Our consultants have written books on Business Continuity Planning, IT Security and Controls, and IT Management and Planning.
Because it automates the entire planning process, the software saves considerable time and effort. ContingencyPro is a knowledge-based system developed by certified business continuity planning experts. It contains hundreds of electronic tools, guides, templates and samples that are fully integrated with MS Office Suite.
The software publishes the completed plan to the Internet, allowing easy access from any PC with Internet connectivity. Full security and controls are included.
ContingencyPro avoids replication of data in the plan. It is adaptable to any industry and all levels of technology. In addition, it accommodates all recovery strategies. A unique “Ask the Experts” feature allows users to submit questions directly to LBL Technology Partners.
Because the software is scalable, it can accommodate an unlimited number of plans. Flexibility is a key to the software’s design. Users can create their own tools, guides and templates. It can also link to the existing data in the organization.
A variety of project management tools can be found in the software, including BCP objectives, a budgeting template, project scheduling tool, status reporting, disaster statistics, preparedness evaluation worksheet and more.
In addition, risk assessment tools such as questionnaires, insurance analysis worksheets, inventory forms and others, are included. The business impact analysis tools include methods for prioritizing processing and operations, forms for documenting critical systems, worksheets, techniques for determining dependencies, daily loss templates and other comprehensive worksheets.
Other features include recovery strategies tools, plan development tools, and plan testing tools.
ContingencyPro contains hundreds of sample recovery procedures for a multitude of settings, situations and teams. You will also find emergency and evacuation procedures for a variety of disasters and incidents.
ContingencyPro is available in a web-based version and a client server version. An online demonstration can be viewed at: www.DRplan.com/ContingencyPro
In The Industry
LBL Technology Joins the DRJ Industry Spotlight