With increased Health IT adoption, disaster preparedness has become more crucial than ever. More than a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina taught the healthcare industry many valuable lessons about the need for electronic health information and proper backup and recovery plans. Disasters can come in many forms, such as natural disasters, bioterrorism, epidemics, unexpected downtime and security threats. Healthcare organizations and executives must plan for all types of potential disasters in order to protect themselves and their patients. The lack of contingency planning can expose vulnerabilities and lead to lack of confidence within the community. In this digital era, countless technologies and channels exist to support this effort, from cloud computing and health information exchange to social media. This session will help healthcare professionals identify the necessary steps needed to create a comprehensive disaster preparedness and contingency plan.
- Discuss the various types of disasters healthcare organizations must plan and prepare for
- Identify technologies present today to assist with proper emergency preparedness
- Recognize the key components necessary in a disaster preparedness and contingency plan
Vice President/Chief Technology Officer
Lynn Gibson is the Vice President/Chief Technology Officer for CHRISTUS Health with offices in Irving and San Antonio, Texas. Lynn has 27 years in healthcare in a variety of operational, medical research, and information technology roles. He has lead multiple healthcare projects including: the start of a medical research institute; a medical peer review journal; oversight of a new pediatric national immunology laboratory; the consolidation of multiple revenue cycle systems; selection process of clinical systems for several different provider organizations and the technology operation and start up of four green hospitals. After working for several years with a large IDN provider, he joined the consulting practice in the healthcare division of IBM and just prior to joining CHRISTUS, he was with Deloitte Consulting in the healthcare technologies consulting team. He also was on the faculty of the Texas Women University’s graduate program for Healthcare Administration. Prior to his healthcare industry experience, Lynn led the information technology services for the Texas Attorney General and was on the Washington and district staff of a member of the US House of Representatives. He has a Bachelors of Arts from Texas A&M, Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University and a Masters of Business Administration from LeTourneau University.