Is your entire health information technology department connected to the hospital’s emergency generator system? On the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy slamming into the Northeast, Maria Muscarella, assistant vice president of HIM and EMR at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J., reflected on the challenges that awaited her staff after the storm.

Newark was battered, although not to the extent that shoreline communities were, but the city was still out of power the next day. Only the most essential personnel reported to work at the hospital; all others including HIM were asked to stay home, she told Health Data Management during a talk at the American Health Information Management Association’s conference in Atlanta.

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