Only 26% of healthcare facilities have a robust, tested disaster recovery plan, according to an article on Health IT Exchange. Not surprising, considering the wide variety of data types and applications involved – email, medical records, multiple diagnostic imaging PACS, financial processing.
But recovery planning can be critical to your facility’s survival. Disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the tornadoes in Missouri and the tsunami in Japan have shown that healthcare facilities are at risk. And patients depend on healthcare facilities to have their records, even in the wake of a disaster.
The good news is that recent advances in technology are making the process far simpler than it was even just two years ago. The ability to aggregate data from multiple sources into an intelligent storage platform — one that has built-in redundancy and data protection — has eliminated a lot of the labor and expense.
Cloud technology also can enable constant backup of your archives to a geographically remote location, which is much safer than tape backups stored nearby. And recovery via cloud can be fast, allowing a facility to be up again within hours.
An example is the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive, which allows you to aggregate data from PACS, EMRs and other applications and store it in a secure data warehouse. For the healthcare IT manager, a system like this is a fast and affordable approach to a robust disaster recovery plan.
So it’s time to quit procrastinating on disaster recovery. The best time to create and test your disaster recovery strategy is before the next disaster – which means now.
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