Category: Risk Management

All Threats Are Not The Same

Posted by George L. Vergolias on April 24, 2018

All threats of violence are not the same. Two threats can both be very serious in severity, yet have very different dynamics related to motives, pre-attack warning signs, planning, execution, and lethality. Within the past three days North America experienced a mass shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, and a vehicular mass attack in Toronto, Canada. Details […]

Mental Health Treatment Is Not the Cure-All in Stopping Gun Violence

Posted by George L. Vergolias on February 23, 2018

In the New York Times was a well-written op-ed piece by Dr. Amy Barnhorst of UC Davis clearly outlining the limitations of traditional mental health treatment to prevent mass shootings. She does an excellent job of explaining the design of the involuntary commitment process, the role, and benefit of psychotherapy and the limitations of both. The […]

We believe in information security

Posted by Jim Mortensen on May 26, 2017

It seems like not a day goes by without hearing about another cyberbreach or release of protected information. From hospitals to retailers to banks to government agencies, there seem to be so many threats to our private information. While R3 isn’t subject to HIPAA from a regulatory perspective, we believe that the trust placed in […]

Risk Management and the Importance of Disruptive Event Management

Posted by Erin Gavigan on April 26, 2017

Controlling the probability of disruptive events is a critical responsibility to any organization. Ensuring that business goals and objectives are not deflected by unplanned disruptions can successfully be accomplished through the application of proper safeguards and the effective allocation of resources to mitigate the occurrence of such events. However, as my colleague Jeff Gorter has […]

We need to manage behavioral health risks, but how?

Posted by Les Kertay on April 21, 2017

Don Ritchie was a most unusual sort of hero. He wasn’t a soldier or a first responder. His heroism lay in simple acts of kindness – and watching out the window. Ritchie lived in Australia, next to the Gap, a cliff in Sydney that was a spot where people often came to attempt suicide by […]

Risk Management or Disaster Denial?

Posted by Jim Satterfield on April 19, 2017

All businesses face risks and vulnerabilities, and not every risk can be eliminated. While some risks can be mitigated, disasters and crises will happen. Establishing a clear crisis management plan with identified leadership and authority will position an organization to manage a crisis effectively. Ignoring potential risks, hoping they go away, or assuming “That will […]

Can we afford to manage behavioral health risks?

Posted by Les Kertay on April 12, 2017

On March 24, 2015, the captain of Germanwings flight 9525 left the cockpit to use the restroom, while the flight was at cruising on the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. In what was clearly a premeditated act, copilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit, and set the autopilot to 100 feet. The […]

Purpose of an FFD/FFD-VS

Posted by Jennifer Kurtz on April 5, 2017

In this day and age of highly publicized workplace violence, the interest in fitness for duty (FFD) evaluations is growing. Private companies and governmental agencies are creating crisis response plans. Schools are practicing active shooter and lockdown protocols. Employers are concerned about the potential for violence in the workplace more than ever before and are […]