Business continuity standard in healthcare is extremely high

by | Jun 24, 2016 | Business Continuity

The business continuity standard in healthcare is high for good reason.

The business continuity standard in healthcare is high. As a healthcare company, your patients are in your care. That said, you need to protect all their health-related information. This may include their health history as well as insurance and financial information. If any of this information becomes compromised, it can hinder your ability to deliver healthcare services as well as result in a hefty fine.

Today, the majority of offices in the US have or plan to covert their medical records into electronic files.  That said, the industry as a whole has been a prime (and lucrative) target for cyber crime.  For example, several hospitals have been in the news after being the victim of ransomware attacks. Their operations had been shut down and they had no choice but to fork over hefty sums of money. Entire systems can succumb to ransomware, locking healthcare providers out of important patient data.

Are you really safe?

You may already be securing and backing up your sensitive data. However, sometimes that’s not enough. Just backing up your data daily is no longer sufficient. Here’s why:

  • If your backup process fails, you’re not protected.
  • You’re left vulnerable to the loss of an entire day’s work.
  • If you don’t properly validate your backup files, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you actually try to use those files to restore your company’s operations.
  • If you only back up your files on-site, you could lose them too—leaving you with no way to meet client requests.
  • If you only back up your raw data, rather than all your application and server configuration files, it could take several days to restore your practice —because you will also have to rebuild your servers, operating  systems, applications, etc.
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US businesses lose $12 billion annually due to data loss, don’t let that happen to you.

Contact us for more information about the standard of business continuity in healthcare.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives — selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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