Cyber Attacks in Healthcare Emergency Management

Cyber Attacks in Healthcare Emergency Management

This post looks at the current environment for cyber attacks in hospitals and healthcare facilities, including: why hospitals are such a popular target for cybercriminals, how the impact of a cyber attack extends from patient care to building safety, and the current state of cyber attack readiness in healthcare. Cyber attack preparedness and emergency management is not only a healthcare IT issue — it also affects continuity of care and business operations.

Prepare Your Hospital for an Active Shooter Emergency

Prepare Your Hospital for an Active Shooter Emergency

Even during a hospital emergency preparedness drill, seeing a mass notification of an active shooter can raise goosebumps. When the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago faced an active shooter crisis, they took quick steps to protect staff and patients and ensure situational awareness. Using LiveProcess, the hospital sent an active shooter notification to more than 3,500 employees instantly, with instructions to take cover. This is almost a best-case scenario for an active shooter event: no casualties, quick dissemination of information, and a swift resolution.

Hospital Ransomware: Coordination During a Cyberattack

Hospital Ransomware: Coordination During a Cyberattack

this hospital was able to maintain continuity of care by deploying the LiveProcess emergency management and collaboration platform, and by leveraging its information aggregation capability and the resulting situational awareness to its full benefit.

Hospital Emergency Preparedness: Checklist for Compliance and Best Practices

Hospital Emergency Preparedness: Checklist for Compliance and Best Practices

Developing and maintaining hospital emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be a daunting challenge — with the right guidance. This emergency preparedness compliance checklist presents ten critical elements to address when preparing for natural disasters and other crises. Each element includes statements of readiness you can use as guidelines to ensure your hospital is compliant and prepared.

Hospital Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Hospital Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Use this hospital emergency preparedness checklist to ensure that your hospital emergency management program is comprehensive and compliant. This checklist can guide emergency managers and emergency preparedness team members to get the most out of your current plans, policies and procedures, and community resources.

Emergency Management: Keep Cool in Critical Situations

Emergency Management: Keep Cool in Critical Situations

Real-time emergency management requires real-time mobile communication and collaboration solutions. Make it easier to prepare for and respond to disruptions, emergencies and disasters with a proven system for all phases of emergency management, purpose-built for healthcare. See how LiveProcess can help you improve healthcare emergency management at every level of your organization, including health systems, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public agencies and regional coalitions.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule | Self-Assessment Quiz

Take this short self-assessment to identify the next steps you need to take to achieve best practices for hospital emergency preparedness, including compliance with the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Receive your results and resources you can use based on your current level of emergency preparedness.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Takes Effect — Are You Ready?

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Takes Effect — Are You Ready?

Now is a good time for healthcare organizations to re-assess compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) emergency preparedness final rule. Learn about the four core elements for healthcare emergency preparedness and the focus on continuity of continuity of operations and community collaboration.

Track Your Emergency Management Response and Automatically Document to Demonstrate Compliance

Track Your Emergency Management Response and Automatically Document to Demonstrate Compliance

Learn how your hospital can manage and track emergency response in real-time, across organizations, in real-time with Liveprocess Emergency Manager. Automatically generate after action reports. Track tasks that result in improved compliance levels. Assess your compliance with NIMS and Joint Commission guidelines. Store all documentation and reports in a trusted central source.

Hospital Emergency Management Planning Tools

Hospital Emergency Management Planning Tools

Learn about the emergency management planning tools and templates for hospitals and nursing facilities in LiveProcess Emergency Manager: hazard vulnerability assessment, HICS-based incident command, job action sheets, online repository for disaster response resources, master scenario lists (MSELs) and more.

CMS Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

CMS Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

Learn about how regional coalitions help healthcare facilities comply with CMS emergency preparedness regulations and improve situational awareness. Disasters that cross regional boundaries were a primary driver for updates to the CMS emergency preparedness rule. As part of its initial statement of purpose, widespread natural and manmade disasters — ranging from hurricanes and flooding to flu pandemics and terrorist attacks — challenge the ability of communities to maintain continuity of healthcare services.

What’s New: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule in 2019

What’s New: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule in 2019

Updates to the CMS emergency preparedness final rule have been under discussion since it went into effect in September 2016. On February 1, 2019, CMS released an update to the emergency preparedness rule. This update went into effect immediately. Other proposed changes remain works in progress. Here are some of the key changes, effective and proposed, that may affect your healthcare delivery organization.

CMS Emergency Preparedness: Training & Testing

CMS Emergency Preparedness: Training & Testing

Emergency preparedness training and testing of your emergency plans is a crucial part of the CMS emergency preparedness rule. Emergency management plans that seem great on paper can fall apart in practice. Drills and exercises prepare your staff for a disaster and give your organization’s leadership the opportunity to find problems in a low-stakes setting. Learn about CMS’s requirements in this post.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Communication Plan, Collaboration & Continuity

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Communication Plan, Collaboration & Continuity

Learn about the four vital pieces in the communication plan required for CMS emergency preparedness rule compliance. Ensuring continuity of healthcare services in a disaster and having a common framework for collaborative emergency response require hospitals and other healthcare facilities to have an emergency communication plan. Of all the elements of the CMS emergency preparedness rule, the communication plan may be the most important – and the most difficult.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Plan: Policies and Procedures for Continuity

CMS Emergency Preparedness Plan: Policies and Procedures for Continuity

Learn what policies and procedures you need to comply with the CMS emergency preparedness rule, which requires hospitals to cover six critical factors in policies and procedures. Your healthcare facility will need to regularly review and update your documented emergencies plans — such as an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) — with up-to-date policies and procedures to maintain compliance with the CMS emergency preparedness rule.

All-Hazards Risk Assessment: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

All-Hazards Risk Assessment: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Learn about all-hazards risk assessment. A fundamental requirements of the CMS emergency preparedness rule is the approach to risk assessment. An all-hazards approach is an integrated approach to emergency preparedness planning that focuses on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters. This post continues our guidance on CMS emergency preparedness compliance.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: What You Need to Know Now

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: What You Need to Know Now

The date is set and the clock is ticking. Healthcare providers participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans must implement all emergency preparedness regulations stipulated in the CMS emergency preparedness rule by Nov. 16. This is the first in a series of blog posts examining the specific emergency preparedness compliance required by CMS.

Workplace Violence in Hospitals: 10 Steps to Preparedness

Workplace Violence in Hospitals: 10 Steps to Preparedness

When hospitals create and train on an emergency management plan for workplace violence in healthcare, staff are better able to carry out their responsibilities even in the midst of fear and chaos. This emergency management checklist for workplace violence can help your hospital prepare and respond more effectively, so all personnel can keep moving forward in an effort to reduce the risk to patients and staff.

Physician Pager Replacement, Hospital Notification, and Disaster Management With One Communication Tool: Duncan Regional Hospital

Physician Pager Replacement, Hospital Notification, and Disaster Management With One Communication Tool: Duncan Regional Hospital

Hospital paging and disaster communication systems have something in common: reaching people quickly and reliably. This case study shows how one hospital got a disaster management system for tornadoes and wildfires, and realized it was the perfect hospital communication system for replacing physician pagers, too. See this hospital’s results.

LiveProcess Emergency Manager aligns with the CMS emergency preparedness rule

LiveProcess Emergency Manager aligns with the CMS emergency preparedness rule

Ensure compliance and continuity of operations for essential hospital functions when they are needed most. LiveProcess Emergency Manager can help you meet the CMS emergency preparedness rule requirements. Learn about how LiveProcess Emergency Manager can help you to plan for continuity, mobilize resources, coordinate response, and track compliance.

6 Ways to Build Muscle Memory for Emergency Management in Healthcare

6 Ways to Build Muscle Memory for Emergency Management in Healthcare

From Gartner’s February 2018 Market Guide for Crisis/Emergency Management Platforms (C/EMP), I identified six takeaways that I feel are especially meaningful for healthcare organizations. Specifically, here’s what I recommend you do to help ensure your staff is ready and able to use your emergency management platform in a crisis.

3 Ways Collaborative Communication Technology Improves Healthcare Delivery

3 Ways Collaborative Communication Technology Improves Healthcare Delivery

Interdisciplinary healthcare teams have a primary role in improving communication in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare delivery organizations (HDO), when provided with effective communication and collaboration tools. The EHR is not the solution, so find out in this post about collaborative communication technology for healthcare.

Healthcare Team Communication Tools to Reduce Nurse Burnout

Healthcare Team Communication Tools to Reduce Nurse Burnout

When not providing direct care to patients, many nursing tasks are administrative: communicating information to other healthcare team members, locating resources and supplies, and responding to calls and pages. Learn 3 ways clinical communication and collaboration technology, such as a healthcare team communication tool, can play a substantial role in providing support to nurses.

Planning for Collaboration: CMS Emergency Preparedness

Planning for Collaboration: CMS Emergency Preparedness

Plan ahead for collaboration with other organizations during disaster response. When CMS drafted its emergency preparedness regulations, it sought to address a “patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.” The CMS emergency preparedness rule helps put all healthcare facilities on the same page to more easily coordinate communication, resources, shelter and services.

CMS Emergency Preparedness: Hospital Readiness for Likely Threats

CMS Emergency Preparedness: Hospital Readiness for Likely Threats

What is your hospital’s level of emergency preparedness for the hazards most likely to occur in your community? Hospitals are required to conduct a hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) and review it at least annually. The likelihood of each threat can help you to prioritize emergency planning, mitigation, response and recovery.

Preparing Your Hospital for a Severe Weather Emergency

Preparing Your Hospital for a Severe Weather Emergency

In this white paper you’ll learn: 8 keys to severe weather emergency preparedness planning; the importance of involving partners, suppliers and regional emergency management coalitions; why you might want a COOP for CMS emergency preparedness requirements; how severe weather fits into an all-hazards vulnerability analysis (HVA); and 3 useful tools for your incident command team.

Start Here: Hospital CMS Emergency Preparedness

Start Here: Hospital CMS Emergency Preparedness

You may be feeling overwhelmed by the CMS emergency preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. Preparation for successful hospital emergency management is complicated — but manageable. Learn about the three parts of a comprehensive emergency management plan and the four key steps.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Compliance Checklist: 10 Critical Issues

CMS Emergency Preparedness Compliance Checklist: 10 Critical Issues

Developing and maintaining hospital emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be a daunting challenge — with the right guidance. This emergency preparedness compliance checklist presents ten critical elements to address when preparing for natural disasters and other crises. Each element includes statements of readiness you can use as guidelines to ensure your hospital is compliant and prepared.

LiveProcess Delivers on CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for Hospitals

LiveProcess Delivers on CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for Hospitals

LiveProcess Emergency Manager is purpose-built for hospitals to create and execute continuity of operations plans (COOPs), emergency operations plans (EOPs), and other emergency management plans. LiveProcess seeds your COOP with an all-hazards vulnerability assessment based on the Kaiser model. LiveProcess makes your EOP actionable, enabling community-wide coordination. LiveProcess helps your healthcare organization to plan and execute drills, track compliance, and identify areas for improvement.