Healthcare organizations need to make sure they are keeping their data backed up and staying prepared for disasters.

Learn lessons from disastrous situations

Stephen Perkins

After a tornado came through Norman, Okla., in May of this year, Brian Yeaman of the Norman Regional Health System said there was a lot of destruction, but with its use of a disaster recovery solution, his organization was able to retain all important information. 

"And we have a very robust health information exchange," he told Healthcare Informatics. "Our arrangement was that we had three campuses running off one central database, with one redundant location. But there's also some serious, tangible value to what we're doing with meaningful use stages 1 and 2, and in terms of health information exchange. And because of that infrastructure, we were able to shine through."

Yeaman noted that there is a great mix of electronic and paper notes in the healthcare industry, but a lot of the paper is unreadable and susceptible to damage during disasters. Electronic notes, storage and data backup may be a much better way to go, he told the news source, as his facility is already going "full out" into this field to help make sure they are just as prepared for any future problems.

Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Karen Klein spoke with one IT professional who said online data backup can be an effective and inexpensive way for organizations to keep their information in order and avoid the trails of damage that disasters may bring.

Categories: Disaster Recovery