A research group consisting of Associate Professor Hiroyuki Sasaki, Professor Shinichi Egawa, and Director Eiji Tominaga of Tohoku University Hospital analyzed and verified domestic and foreign papers and the business continuity plan of Tohoku University Hospital. He proposed that "priority of work", "securing alternative means", and "resource management" are essential three elements to maintain hospital function in the event of a disaster.

 According to Tohoku University, the research group used a medical literature search site to extract 97 domestic and foreign papers on the hospital's business continuity plan and analyze their contents.Although the number of papers on hospital business continuity plans has been increasing since the 2000s, we found that "priority of work", "securing alternative means" and "resource management" are emphasized.

 Tohoku University Hospital in Aoba Ward, Sendai City, which was damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, has set out its own business continuity plan based on the lessons learned from the earthquake, but the content is consistent with the tendency seen in domestic and foreign papers. There is.In response to this, the research group cited "business priorities," "securing alternatives," and "resource management" as the three essential elements of a hospital's business continuity plan.

 Hospitals are required to maintain their functions even in the event of a disaster, but there have been cases in Japan and overseas where hospitals are unable to function due to the disaster, leading to delays in regional restoration.If a business continuity plan is formulated and prepared for functional recovery in the event of a disaster, it is more likely that such a situation can be avoided.

Paper information:[The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine] “Scoping review of hospital business continuity plans to validate the improvement after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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