Educational session will highlight connectivity solutions that support disaster operations and the preservation of life in times of crisis

October 17, 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Healthcare systems are not immune to the devastating impact of natural disasters and other crises, as evidenced by the recent hurricanes that wreaked havoc across the East Coast and Hawaii and the massive wildfires that burned thousands of acres in the Western U.S. At the Connected Health Conference this week in Boston, Linda Fischer, vice president of product strategy for DrFirst, will be discussing disaster recovery technologies and the critical need for connectivity in healthcare during times of crisis.

In a recent disaster preparedness survey conducted by DrFirst, the nation’s leading provider of e-prescribing and medication management solutions, only slightly more than half of the responding healthcare providers believe their organization’s disaster plan is comprehensive enough to cover a variety of disaster scenarios both inside the organization and across the community. In the aftermath of recent major disasters, healthcare leaders are becoming increasingly aware of the need to address life-threatening gaps in patient care and safety during a crisis and to identify agile and reliable solutions that support on-going communication between providers and ready-access to medical records.

“During my 21 years as a hospital CIO and during my tenure at DrFirst, I have observed first-hand the essential need for technology solutions that support preventable loss of life in times of crisis,” said Fischer. “I look forward to discussing technologies that support disaster preparedness and reviewing real-life examples of the ways secure messaging, mobile technologies, and other connectivity solutions are evolving to improve recovery planning and operations. With advance planning and the deployment of the right tools, healthcare providers can be better-equipped to help protect the lives of vulnerable populations.”

Fischer joins moderator Michael McShea of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and panelists Catherine Lester of Verizon and Maria Lensing from AT&T during the October 18 (1:40 – 2:30pm, Cityview 2) session entitled, “Disaster Recovery Technology Update.” The October 17-19 Connected Health Conference provides a global platform for provocative and forward-thinking discussion, deal-making opportunities, and real-world perspectives on technology-enabled health and wellness.

This year’s event will draw 3,000 participants from 50 countries, including front-line healthcare providers, tech innovators, life sciences companies, and investors in the hub of healthcare and innovation. For more information, please visit the conference website.


About DrFirst

DrFirst, the nation’s leading provider of e-prescribing and medication management solutions, enables stakeholders across the healthcare industry to use comprehensive real-time data and connectivity to increase their patient safety ratings, efficiency and profitability. Today, more than 170,000 healthcare professionals and more than 60% of electronic health record (EHR) vendors depend on DrFirst’s innovative software solutions to improve clinical workflows, expedite secure collaboration across a patient’s care team and drive better health outcomes. The company’s integrated technologies include its award-winning electronic prescribing platform, the most comprehensive medication history available, clinically specialized secure messaging, and patient medication adherence monitoring and benefits checking. In addition, DrFirst was the first to offer e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) and is considered the industry standard for providers nationwide. For more information, please visit or connect with us @DrFirst.


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