The future of healthcare is in the cloud: Recent data shows that 83% of healthcare organizations are now using cloud services in some way and the depth of usage is only increasing. The highest usage is leveraging some type of software-as-a-service (SAAS) application (66.9%) and another 9.3% of healthcare firms plan to adopt cloud services in the near future.
Due to compliance and security concerns, healthcare companies were slow to adopt cloud infrastructure originally, but with developments in healthcare technology that allows life saving devices being able to communicate with cloud infrastructure, the need for backup and recovery in the cloud is growing extremely quickly. Simultaneously, security requirements are evolving so quickly that it's difficult for healthcare organizations to keep up internally.
With an increased amount of security breaches recently, more healthcare organizations are realizing that maintaining the necessary level of security standards is becoming extremely difficult. And it’s not just cyber crime. 71% of disasters in healthcare are from mundane sources like a system failure, wrong wiring or an outage. Healthcare companies have complex data that needs to be accessed immediately, and with the new regulations around storage of patient records, backing up to the cloud is the safest, most cost-efficient way to protect your business.
Outsourcing to a virtual private cloud vendor that has 100% dedicated security resources is rapidly growing as the leading option to help healthcare businesses get back on their feet fast after a disaster.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding on a disaster recovery plan:
What is your current backup and recovery plan? Assess your needs with what you have currently. How quickly do you need access to patient records and images? Many healthcare CIOs say they don’t fully trust their current disaster and recovery solution and are looking for better options.
Understand the consequences of lost data: How much could your business lose if the system was hacked and data stolen? What would you tell your patients when they find out their medical history has been stolen from your office? This is a scary cyber-world we live in so it’s best to take all precautions to make sure your data is safe so you can keep up with your patients quality of care.
What will downtime cost you? Unplanned downtime at a healthcare organization costs thousands per minute per incident (Fierce Healthcare). How would a potential loss of data affect your business and what would be the impact both monetarily and to your patients?
What compliance need to be met? HIPAA compliance is the big one, but making sure you choose the right plan that has background in healthcare compliance is incredibly important and can help you have a much smoother journey when deciding on your backup and recovery plan. HIPAA mandates that all healthcare companies have a DR plan and complete a risk assessment.
Deciding on a Cloud Provider: Just because a cloud provider is HIPAA compliant doesn’t mean they understand the healthcare business. Look for cloud providers that specialize in government and healthcare and can offer assistance with audits and compliance.
Healthcare professionals are now relying on the ease of access and remote gathering of patient data away from the office or hospital, but that can put critical data in the line of an attack. Knowing patient data is safe and easily attainable will put your patients, and employees, at ease.
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