Backup Communications for Medical Facilities – New Federal Regulations Affect Healthcare Providers and Amateur Radio

Duration 60 Mins
Level Basic
Webinar ID IQW19K1151

  • Vulnerabilities to telephone, cell phone and Internet
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Infrastructure Security 
  • CMS Regulations for Medical Facilities
  • Backup Communications Systems
  • Introduction to Amateur Radio
  • Where to Look for Backup Communications in Your State
  • Homeland Security Shared Resources (SHARES) Defined and How they can Help Your Organization

Overview of the webinar

Amateur Radio’s primary purpose for existing is to provide backup communications in times of disaster. The webinar presents methods used to provide communications when Internet and Phone Systems are not accessible due to human-made or natural disasters.

Who should attend?

  • Hospital CEOs
  • Doctors
  • All Medical Facility Staff
  • Patients and Families
  • Directors of Quality Management
  • Emergency Department leaders
  • Vice Presidents of Operations
  • Directors of Quality Management
  • Office Managers
  • Director of Case Management
  • Vice President of Case Management
  • Case Managers
  • Directors of patient-centred Medical Homes

Why should you attend?

Communications infrastructure vulnerability to disasters in the United States (U.S.) is significant; medical facilities accepting Medicare or Medicaid patients are required to have a backup communications system or they may lose funding.

Voice and digital communications within and between facilities is not the only risk; the U.S. Power Grid Infrastructure is an easy target: facilities need to have a backup power source. The Webinar will centre around: Introduction to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service regulations (, vulnerabilities facing medical facilities, businesses, and emergency communications provided by Amateur Radio.

Faculty - Dr.Michael Abitz

Dr.Michael Abitz is an Adjunct Professor at New Mexico Jr. College, Hobbs, NM. He received his Doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University and Master of Science in Quality Assurance from California State University. 
Dr. Abitz's professional experiences include Aerospace and computer industries where he developed and presented training in Organizational Process Improvement, Six Sigma and Root Cause Failure Analysis to U.S. companies and Pacific Rim suppliers. 

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