Electronic Record Keeping Requires Companies to Consider Database Backup Services

Mark Martin

[Posted September 7th 2014 by: Mark Martin]

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Even if you never thought you’d have to think about database backup services in your line of work, you may suddenly be asking technological questions if you’re in the medical field. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has led to some serious changes for consumers and medical providers alike. If you’re in healthcare, your office has been forced to make the switch to electronic records. This federal mandate originally stated that medical providers would have to switch to a “meaningful use” of electronic medical records by January 1, 2014; although, extensions enabled medical providers to make the switch more gradually.

The Affordable Care Act outlined several reasons why electronic medical records were required. These include the ability to engage patients and their families, the ability to coordinate healthcare between offices or providers and the ability to maintain patient privacy and security. Furthermore, electronic filing is intended to make healthcare more efficient, quality and safe. We couldn’t agree more.

While the move to e-filing might be good in the long run, it does provide some difficulties during the time being. Medical providers not only have to invest in the hardware and networks to make this possible, but they have to take into consideration security of their patients’ data in addition to the best way to back up that data in the event of a server crash, office floor or fire or potentially even the actions of an angry ex-employee.

Most medical offices save their data to a central server onsite. This means staff members can access that data from any room in the building. It also makes it easier to access the information from an offsite location. A single server can easily be used to create a database backup, too. But backing up to a hard driver or server on location may not always be the wisest choice. If the server itself takes physical damage, a server backup faces the same risk if it’s on site.

Our company suggests backing up to an offsite device or saving those backups to the cloud, which you can access from a variety of devices. This creates redundancy if your backup fails, too. While data backup and redundancy can be overwhelming, the correct system offers security and will be future proof.

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