Security, accessibility, backup are vital By Tracy Barbour Published: August 3, 2018 Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare organizations handle massive amounts of sensitive information, making effective data backup critical to their operations. In fact, healthcare industry professionals say data backup is not only the key to safeguarding confidential patient information but it’s necessary to their survival. Healthcare providers and caregivers frequently use what is known as electronic protected health information (EPHI) in their efforts to assist patients. They use this information in nearly every clinical care workflow scenario and clinical care decision. The accessibility of EPHI—which includes everything from lab results and radiology images to patient medications—helps guide patient care. “Ensuring the reliability and availability of this data is critical to our mission and is a top concern in information services,” says Don Waters, vice … [Read more...] about How Healthcare Providers Protect Patient Data
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Experts report that 24 percent of all businesses will experience a full data disaster during their lifetime. Furthermore, 70 percent of small to medium-size companies experiencing this will go out of business within 12 months. In our daily lives, we may not realize the ultimate reason why this bank bought that bank, or why this seemingly stable business decided to call it quits. We hear rumors like, “It was a cash flow problem” or “a lack of sales problem.” If you were able to perform a root cause analysis, many times it was the data or lack thereof that pushed the organization to ultimately become non-existent.Some years ago, a client called us discreetly and explained that their accounting department had meant to perform a “click” and then a “control click” on Client A and then select Client B within their accounting system, thus selecting those two clients. Following this they performed a feature in their accounting system called … [Read more...] about How To Navigate Data Disasters And Keep Your Business Running
After losing months of student data when a server crashed almost two weeks ago, Washington County Public Schools is continuing its search to determine where its system failed, resulting in the loss of grades, attendance records and other information.The district lost all fourth marking period grades and portions of other data, such as course records and student schedules for next year, when the server crashed following a minor fire on April 29.Technology staff members are going through the painstaking process of rebuilding system data, but there are many unanswered questions."We want to find the answers behind what happened, but the bottom line is, a technology outage of this nature involving student school information for this period of time is unacceptable," WCPS spokeswoman Erin Anderson said Thursday. "Regardless of whose fault it is, this shouldn't be the case right now.""We're not getting those (answers) right away because our priority is restoring the school information for … [Read more...] about WCPS continues trying to recover student data lost in system crash
Cloud-based data backup services are essential for disaster recovery Q: Why is it important for small and medium businesses to have a disaster recovery plan? A: When disaster strikes, most businesses have procedures and drills in place to protect employees, but many don't have a plan to keep their business running. Up to 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a major catastrophe. Q: How can these business owners protect their data? A: Select a provider that offers cloud-based services that automatically back up your business data to a secure, redundant data storage facility. This will give you 24/7/365 access to your company's files and customer information from anywhere on any device — even if your physical business location has been impacted. Q: When is an off-site data storage facility needed? A: If the nature of your business requires added redundancy or more customized storage solutions, an off-site data center is another business continuity solution to … [Read more...] about Q&A with Eddie Blankenship: Cloud-based data backup services are essential for disaster recovery
Last Updated Jul 9, 2010 7:02 PM EDT Big, disruptive events like the BP oil spill, Hurricane Katrina and the California wildfires make the news, but it's more often the smaller, unexpected disasters that wreck havoc on your company's ability to function. The Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery Solutions, a Charlotte NC disaster recover company, recently launched an educational website called Prepare My Business, which offers resources to help small business owners recover from disasters. With a nasty hurricane season in the forecast, I was eager to speak with Agility's CEO Bob Boyd for some tips on disaster preparedness for small companies. Here's his advice:Assess your risk. "There's nothing you can do if your building is on an earthquake fault line," notes Boyd, "but you can develop a plan for what you'd do if there's an earthquake." Ditto for floods, hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes. But it's not all about geography and natural disasters. If you're situated near a … [Read more...] about Who Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan? You Do!