The House of Representatives has high-tailed it out of town for their annual August recess and the Senate will return next week to continue working through nominations and the government funding bills. That’s exactly as thrilling as it sounds, and normally, it’s a pretty quiet time here in Washington, DC.
Disasters come in many forms and the scenarios in each may differ, but oftentimes they result in the loss of vital computer access. When hospitals prepare for expected and unexpected downtime, plans often focus on the electronic health record (EHR) and are well suited for short duration events, those lasting 24 hours or less.
Financial results in 2017 were a warning for many U.S. hospitals, as operating cash flow margins reached their lowest level in the last decade. Revenues are rising but costs are increasing faster, resulting in downward pressure on margins and reduced hospital liquidity.
Overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) with excruciatingly long wait times have become commonplace in our country’s health system today. That’s because EDs have taken on a much more expansive role in the provision of care than in years past.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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