Health leaders share prep plans for Hurricane Sandy, disasters

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As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast yesterday, FierceHealthIT asked members of its new advisory board how their healthcare organizations prepare in the face of such natural disasters. John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, said his hospital has multiple data centers with diverse power feeds, including one from an independent power-generating station that supplies all of the Harvard hospitals. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts on Saturday in preparation for potential storm damage, according to The Boston Globe. And while Oklahoma wasn't affected by Sandy, Duncan (Okla.) Regional Hospital CIO Roger Neal said that every spring and fall, tornados present similar challenges for his hospital. The FierceHealthIT adviser said that Duncan Regional has "invested heavily in redundancy" for areas such as its server farm and main routers. --Read the full story from FierceHealthIT