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The risk of operating during a crisis

The risk of operating during a crisis

Crisis conditions force organizations to change their standard operating procedures quickly. For example, companies had to shift to remote work during a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, altering how teams communicate and collaborate. Production schedules and supply chain operations can also get disrupted, leading to delays or shortages. Businesses must think fast, adapting to new information and sometimes unpredictable situations. 


Types of risks involved in operating during a crisis

Operating as a healthcare organization during a crisis comes with diverse risks. Several common factors come together to create a complex challenge. These common factors include:

  1. Information and data security risk: With the increased use of telehealth services and electronic health records during crises, there's a heightened risk of cybersecurity threats and data breaches.
  2. Mental health and workforce burnout risk: The intense pressure and prolonged demands of a crisis can lead to burnout, reduced morale, and mental health issues among healthcare workers.
  3. Communication risk: Miscommunication or inadequate information dissemination during a crisis can lead to errors in patient care, staff confusion, and public mistrust.
  4. Supply chain disruption risk: Crises can disrupt the supply chain, impacting the availability of drugs and medical supplies.
  5. Ethical dilemmas and decision-making risk: Healthcare providers may face ethical dilemmas in resource allocation and treatment decisions, especially when resources are scarce.
  6. Capacity and infrastructure risk: Healthcare facilities might face challenges in accommodating the surge of patients, requiring rapid adjustments in infrastructure, such as setting up temporary facilities.
  7. Litigation and legal liability risk: There is a potential for increased legal challenges arising from crisis-related care decisions and practices.
  8. Strategic and long-term planning risk: Crises can derail long-term strategic plans of healthcare organizations, forcing them to shift focus to immediate response and recovery efforts.

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Strategies employed to mitigate risks

To navigate these turbulent times effectively, it's necessary to implement strategies aimed at the continuity of operations. Each of these strategies plays a role in fortifying an organization against diverse challenges posed by crises.

  1. Supply chain diversification: Diversify suppliers and develop alternative supply chain routes to minimize the impact of disruptions. Build strong relationships with key suppliers for better cooperation during crises.
  2. Business continuity planning: Develop a comprehensive business continuity plan that includes strategies for maintaining critical operations under various crisis scenarios.
  3. Remote work infrastructure: Develop and maintain a robust infrastructure for remote work, including secure remote access to company networks, to ensure business continuity during crises that require physical distancing or lockdowns.
  4. Mental health and well-being programs: Offer mental health support and resources to employees, recognizing that crises can take a significant toll on mental well-being.
  5. Transparent stakeholder communication: Maintain open and transparent communication with stakeholders, including customers, investors, and the public, to build trust and manage reputational risk.
  6. Insurance coverage review: Regularly review and update insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage for different types of crises.

See also: How to perform a risk assessment

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