Healthcare providers will need to protect its data in the event of natural disasters .

The future of data recovery and disaster planning in healthcare

Stephen Perkins

As of Oct. 1, 2013, government-funded healthcare exchange programs are officially online. One of the most important tasks for healthcare providers will be the data management of tremendous amounts of information that will flood the markets with the estimated 30 million Americans seeking coverage.

Another important aspect the healthcare industry will have to face is planning for data recovery in natural disaster situations. Across the country, people have bore witness to incredible storms that wreaked havoc from the Moore, Okla., tornado in May, to Superstorm Sandy last year. While similarly destructive natural disasters will continue to occur with little warning, data protection will become invaluable for healthcare providers storing large amounts of patient data. 

"[A]ll provider organizations must have a reliable disaster recovery data center to ensure the security and reliability of patient information," HIT Consultant founder Fred Pennic recently wrote.

Pennic also noted that one of the best ways for providers to protect their data, as well as their patients, is by having a copy of the data outside of their local area. 

Healthcare providers should seek vendors that provide 24/7 security by trained and skilled experts with deep knowledge in healthcare IT and that are HIPAA compliant. With resources and budgets constrained, it is also important that healthcare providers search for affordable vendors that offer low-cost pricing models while delivering increased productivity.

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