DRJ Partners With BCPWHO
- Published on February 1, 2010
- Written by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
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DRJ Partners With BCPWHO To Promote Business Continuity in the Healthcare Industry
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.
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Business Continuity Planning Workgroup for Healthcare Organizations is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership in the advancement of business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management through collaboration and research. Founded in 2005 BCPWHO represents nearly 100 individual members from healthcare institutions across the United States and Canada. As we continue to grow our goals are to:
- Develop the science and technique relative to the continuation of business activity and operations in the event of a disaster.
- Create a scholarly community in which professionals and investigators from around the world can introduce new work for peer review and discussion.
- Influence policy, management, and education of operational continuity and disaster recovery for academic and nonprofit healthcare organizations.
To encourage, accelerate, and improve the science of continuous improvement in operational continuity and disaster recovery for academic and nonprofit healthcare organizations.
The mission of BCPWHO is to engage our colleagues in business continuity and disaster recovery planning for academic and nonprofit healthcare provider organizations, for educational and collaborative consultative opportunities. To accomplish this mission, BCPWHO provides:
- (a) Access to the sciences and techniques applicable to the continuation of business activities and operations in the event of disaster events affecting healthcare organizations.
- (b) Forums and communication platforms for academic and nonprofit healthcare organization practitioners and professionals the opportunity to collaborate and disseminate best practices.
- (c) Access to current and proposed policy and educational curriculum applicable to business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis and emergency response for peer review and discussion.