Disaster Planning for the Clinical Practice

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Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Oct 6, 2009 - Business & Economics - 234 pages
Most clinical practices are not prepared for a disaster, and failure to prepare for a disaster can have devastating consequences on a medical practice, the physicians, and the patients. Disaster Planning for the Clinical Practice describes the types of disasters that can affect medical practices, suggests steps for disaster planning, and identifies the necessary procedures for restarting the practice after a disaster has occurred. Natural disasters are not the most common casue of practice failure - man-made disasters such as computer crashes, power outages, and loss of electronic data are more likely to impact a medical practice. This book offers suggestions on the preparation of a disaster plan that can be easily implemented into any health practice, and discusses how to overcome both natural and man-made disasters. Each chapter features true disaster case studies, questions doctors or office managers need to answer, and step-by-step recommendations for the implementation of the disaster plan, as well as dozens of templates and forms ready for immediate use. This is an essential resource for all practices large, small, rural, and academic.

Includes a user-friendly CD ROM with forms, questionnaires, and charts!
 

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Contents

Disasters Come in Many Shapes and Sizes
1
Chapter
3
Technological Disasters
9
Chapter
10
Cyberthieves
16
Encryption
22
Choosing a Fire Protection Solution
28
Pull Stations
35
1
44
Protecting and Recovering Practice Assets
94
Creating a Backup Plan
105
Insurance for Ameliorating the Pain
133
Appendix 119
171
Index
221
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President and CEO, Peak Performance Physicians, LLC, New Orleans, Louisiana

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