At Joplin Hospital and Data Center, Speed Boosts Tornado Recovery

Amid rubble, IT professionals worked to transmit and safeguard patient data.

June 10, 2011

Justin Kern

The first thing Mike McCreary had to do was make sure his IT team in Joplin, Mo. was alive and well. After that came the daunting task of connecting a community left devastated and without power or phone lines from a near-record tornado to its vital medical data, past and present. It has been almost three weeks since a deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, and the scope of damage remains hard to comprehend.

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