Essay on Contingency Plans Related to Disaster Recovery

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Most health care providers currently utilize electronic health records (EHRs), or will in the coming future. Network collapses, glitches, power outages and flaws within the system all have the possibility of occurring. Due to the plethora of sensitive information contained within the health care field, health care providers need to form backup plans. These backup plans will serve as preventative measures in order to keep the integrity of the health care data intact. Therefore, contingency plans are a clear necessity within the field.
Having a background in Information Technology and network security, I find the concept of contingency plans to be very intriguing. In the health care field, data is especially sensitive as it contains all
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It is “The technological aspect of business continuity planning. The advance planning and preparations that are necessary to minimize loss and ensure continuity of the critical business functions of an organization in the event of disaster (Chao, Margiottiello.2003).”
Full comprehension of contingency planning involves the recognition of both the basic structure, as well as various standards which need to be followed in order to achieve a positive result.
The Contingency Plan Standard serves as the foundation, created by HIPAA as a security rule. It created 5 standards including the following, Data backup plan, Disaster recovery plan, Emergency mode operation plan, Testing and revision procedures, Applications and data criticality analysis (Murphy, 2014).
Creating a Data Backup Plan requires the specific organization to determine what EPHI needs to be backed up. Health Security Solutions describes the main goal of this stage being to “Establish and implement procedures to create and maintain retrievable exact copies of electronic protected health information”.
Subsequently, the Disaster Recovery Plan can be seen as one of the most valuable standards, as Health Security Solutions states its key function is to “Establish (and implement as needed) procedures to

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