With the threat of natural disasters and large-scale emergencies always present, HIPAA-covered entities must protect personal health information (PHI), given federal law. The most viable way to protect PHI comes in the form of a disaster recovery plan, which is the framework of how an organization restores health care data due to a disaster of some kind.
In this podcast, Jeff Berwick, senior technical project manager at CareTech Solutions, explains why a believability factor plays a key role in achieving IT initiatives in the face of a disaster -- such as meeting HIPAA requirements.
Additionally, Berwick discusses the 2011 Joplin, Mo. tornado, effective audit procedures, how to develop a disaster recovery plan that aligns with a business continuity plan and, lastly, what features are most crucial to form a serviceable disaster recovery plan.
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This was first published in April 2012