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Focused Disaster Recovery for Health Care

By Allyson Kutterer on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

For any business, ensuring that your information is secure is vital. For the health care industry, the risk of disaster is doubly important because it is not only the life of your business that is at stake, your patients wellbeing as well.  In order to provide a layer of protection from possible data breaches, health care facilities must properly prepare for potential critical system failures in disaster situations.

The Focus
Along with the resident care and employee safety issues, disaster recovery plans should include a focus on two critical concepts: high availability and business continuity. High availability is the concept of being able to access business critical applications at any time. Business continuity relates to the notion that when disaster does strike, your business will need to respond and continue operation. Focusing on these two concepts will help a health care facility rebound quickly from disasters and get back to work with little interruption in productivity.

The Plan
Disaster recovery plans for health care facilities should not be a one-size-fits-all solution; they need to be configured to the specific needs of a facility in order to work successfully. The plan should be a comprehensive step-by-step guide that takes a facility from the point of disaster, through the recovery, to being back up and running.

When putting together an IT disaster recovery plan, the following questions should be considered (and solved) for a strategy to be effective.

  • How is my data backed up?
  • Where is my data back-up located? Is it a secure location?
  • How quickly can I get my systems online after a critical failure?
  • How will my employees access the information in case of a disaster?

No one wants to be left sitting on the roof when the floodwater rises. Make sure that your company takes the time to plan how they will handle disaster and prevent the worst-case scenarios from happening. If you are concerned with how to customize a plan to meet the specific IT needs of your health care facility, consult the experts at Prime Care Technologies. With specialized tools, we can ensure that if the worst happens, your company’s data will be protected and accessible.

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The Latest Trends in Long-Term Care Information Technology

By Allyson Kutterer on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Connect with cloud computingThe entire health care industry – particularly long-term care – has long been powered by paper. Think of the numerous files, charts, forms, and binders you’ve seen that follow patients from doctor to doctor and hospital to nursing home to home health agency. But we’re finally seeing a shift in this paradigm as the health care sector adopts and embraces IT. Here are two of the latest trends driving this shift.

Migration to the cloud. We’ll admit it: the good thing about paper documentation is you never have to reboot or worry about them crashing. But by migrating to the cloud, your business’s data have protection from any and all forms of disaster. The best part? You’ll always know exactly where to find it.

Virtualization. By virtualizing desktops, servers, and applications you not only save money but you increase efficiency as well. Virtualization optimizes communication and streamlines the process for updates and repairs since it can be done remotely.

What do these trends mean for facilities and their residents? For one, cloud computing and virtualization work together to cut both cost and risk when it comes to data storage. Implementing them will mean more efficient communication both within the facility, with patients, their physicians, and family members and along the entire care continuum.

Is your business on board with the latest trends in LTC?

In your opinion, how have these trends affected health care delivery?

Contact Prime Care Technologies today!

Topics: long term care cloud computing virtualization LTC


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