UPDATE: Official: Hawaii 'Dodged a Bullet' After Tsunami, Strong Chile Quake
Hawaii under tsunami warning; Calif. coast, Alaskan islands under advisory
MIAOULIS NOTE: Fortunately, the Tsunami did not cause extensive damage in Hawaii. Still natural disasters (hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, etc) are scary situations. Healthcare facilities in Hawaii have unique challanges for preparing for a disaster, and for treating patients during a region wide disaster. However, all organizations need a plan for responding to a localized disaster (loss of a computer room) to a a more regional disaster. Healthcare has unique challenges not found in other industries because the information is needed at the point of care. A bank, insurance company, etcs. can move operations to another location. Many business can shut down for a period of time. Healthcare has unique challenges.
When conducting a Business Impact Analysis (Application Criticality Analysis) healthcare should include a focus on a PATIENT Impact Analysis. If you have or are planning on using an external firm to assist you, I believe it is important that they have a strong healthcare background. All too often, firms want to know how many nurses will you need to move to a hot site location or they focus on the financial impact to organizations. If you have question or would like to discuss futher, please contact me.