Business Continuity Planning and Management

Business Continuity Planning and Management
University of Phoenix
Instructor:   Patricia Watson

As stated by (McNamara, 2008), strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more and how it's going to get there. Typically, the process is organization-wide, or focused on a major function such as a division, department or other major function.
At North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, the goal is to expand the hospital to provide patients with a broader range of services and a more comfortable environment when they or their families have need of the services that are offered.   With this in mind, North Central’s parent company, Van Guard Health Systems, is meeting with the management team, architects and inspectors to begin the process of building the hospital up.   The hospital has two different areas in which extras floors can be put.   Construction will either be done above the emergency room, where six floors can be added, or on the main part of the building where four floors can safely be added.
Information technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware." IT deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit and retrieve information, securely. Business continuity management is an important part of every aspect of a business.   However, BCM is especially important in the area of information and IT protection.   According to Teuber (Krell, 2006), there needs to be an appropriate level of BCM support for key processes and IT systems.
At North Central Baptist Hospital there is a dedicated IT staff that keeps the hospital computers online and running.   This is important for not only the security of patient medical records, but also for...