Mission Critical Business Continuity Planning: Thrive, Survive or Stay Alive? | A HIMSS Virtual Briefing

Virtual Briefing

Sep 30, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Virtual Event

As more and more providers adopt EHRs to comply with Meaningful Use requirements and digital transformation, it becomes mission critical and strategic for healthcare organizations to have sound business continuity and disaster recovery plan. This virtual briefing will introduce the latest development and most up-to-date technology and solutions in business continuity and disaster recovery plan, and take you on a journey through healthcare organizations extensive planning and best practices to not only meet relevant requirements but also prepare for the worst.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify latest trends and development in business continuity and disaster recovery planning
2. Discover practical steps and best practices healthcare organizations can take to implement sound service continuity and disaster recovery plans and solutions
3. Demonstrate healthcare organizations’ planning to prepare for any type of disaster


Sep 30, 2015 CDT
Managing Your Mission Critical Systems through Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

To mitigate, prepare, respond and recover during and after an event ranging from natural disasters to a terrorist attack are not only standards and requirements of Joint Commissions, but also strategic survival and mission critical for a healthcare organization. This session reviews the most up-to-date technology and solutions in business continuity and disaster recovery planning and how healthcare organization can effectively prepare and manage mission critical systems and applications to maintain quality patient care and systems availability when something unexpected happens.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify current state of business continuity and disaster recovery planning in healthcare
  2. Describe the trends in technology and solutions to facilitate healthcare organization’s preparedness when disasters strike
  3. Develop integration for business continuity plan and information technology disaster recovery plan


Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed, CPHRM, CJCP
IHN Director of Accreditation & Regulatory Compliance - Quality Management
Renown Health


Sep 30, 2015 CDT
Continuity of Patient Care: Is Your Hospital Ready?

Healthcare organizations face significant threats to the ability to provide patient care services and maintain operations when emergencies, disasters and other catastrophes strike. This session discusses comprehensive approaches healthcare organization can take to align business continuity with healthcare resiliency, and apply best practices to get ready to ensure the continuity of mission critical business and clinical operations during disaster

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop comprehensive approaches to business continuity and disaster recovery plan
  2. Apply best practices to maintain business and clinical operations during disaster
  3. Review how an organization’s culture and leadership impact the business continuity and disaster recovery planning

James Brady, PhD, FHIMSS, CPHIMS
Chief Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente Orange County

Sep 30, 2015 CDT
Ensuring Continuity of Patient Care in the Age of Digital Health: Discover Best Practices to Implement A Service Continuity and Disaster & Recovery Plan

Patient and clinical access to health information has never been in higher demand. Clinical application access is key to quality care and the patients’ right to access has become a differentiator for health care providers. Creating and maintaining a sound IT service continuity (SC) and disaster recovery (DR) plan can be challenging. There is no one size fits all solution. However, there are key processes and technology solutions you can consider, ensuring you create a simple and effective strategy that protects all your critical applications and data wherever they reside; including the cloud. Thus, allowing you to concentrate on what’s important – your patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Why a sound SC/DR plan is critically important to the operation of your healthcare organization
  2. What three components are essential in creating a successful SC/DR strategy
  3. How to take the next step to creating and implementing a sound SC/DR plan


Rick Bryant Six Sigma Black Belt, ITIL V3
National Healthcare Architect
Healthcare Practice Manager
Veritas Technologies Corporation

Greg Carter, CISSP & STS
Information Availability Architect
Veritas Technologies Corporation


Rick Bryant is the National Healthcare Architect for Veritas Technologies Corporation, the information management company that will emerge from the separation of Symantec in early 2016.  In this role, he leads initiatives within Veritas to serve the healthcare information technology industry through technology excellence and process solutions.   Rick brings over 20 years of industry experience, with roles spanning from Infrastructure Management to Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for architecting and implementing EMR systems. 

Prior to joining Veritas, Rick served as the Chief Information Security Officer at Texas Children’s Hospital and Executive Manager of Infrastructure for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Rick developed and led the first Shared Services Organization for Hearst and Managed outsourced services for the global IT service provider, WiPro. In addition, he created and managed all client IT services for First Data Corporation. 

Rick holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified in both Six Sigma Black Belt and ITIL.

Greg Carter is a Information Availability Architect for Veritas Technologies Corporation, the information management company that will emerge from the separation of Symantec in early 2016. Greg has the privilege to work in the HEDG (Health, Education, State and Local Government) vertical and has done so for most of his career at Veritas since 2002. In his role as a architect Greg is considered a technical trusted advisor to HEDG customers, helping them establish architectural best practices around service continuity, disaster recovery, data protection, & storage management. 

Greg has over 18 years experience in Information Technology. Early in his career he was a customer of Veritas where responsibilities included data center administration specific to email, databases, data protection, service continuity, & disaster recovery. Greg then made a transition to one of Veritas's long-standing partners in a pre-sales Systems Engineering role. In 2002 he joined Veritas Corporation as a Systems Engineer covering Federal & Civilian agencies such as Army, CDC, & NASA. In 2004 he moved into the HEDG group where he has held a variety of positions leading up to his current role.   

Greg is active in is his community by sharing his knowledge and experiences in Information Technology specifically the do’s and don’ts with those who are less familiar with this vast field. 

Greg holds a degree in Electronics Technology from DeVry University as well as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.


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