Healthcare is one of the most complex industries when it comes to IT support. Sprawling infrastructure, complicated and occasionally customized hardware and software, and a bevy of strict government restrictions make offering IT support for a healthcare organization a difficult task. Not surprisingly, then, managing a disaster recovery plan for a healthcare organization can be a serious headache. But it doesn’t have to be.
In our new ebook “Business Health, Patient Health: Five Prescriptions to Stop Healthcare Disasters,” four StorageCraft partners who specialize in the healthcare industry offer their recommendations for how provide successful disaster recovery to doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and more.
Read the introduction here and download the paper below.
When Data Is a Matter of Life and Death
Managed service providers that specialize in healthcare currently face some unique challenges.
For example, for most of their healthcare clients, these service providers are dealing with the following problems:
• Compliance with ever-changing healthcare IT regulations is a moving target.
• “Acceptable” downtime is zero.
• Data access is often literally a matter of life or death.
In spite of these considerable challenges, healthcare offers significant business opportunities to managed service providers who are ready for them.
Secure backup and recovery, electronic health record (EHR) systems, and multi-year data retention are key requirements of healthcare IT regulations. Major compliance deadlines are approaching in 2013 and 2014 and almost half of the physicians and smaller practices in the United States will need help meeting these IT requirements on time.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported that in 2011, 46% of U.S. physicians in office-based practices had not adopted an EHR system. In addition, the NCHS found that larger practices and physicians under age 50 were more likely to deploy EHR systems.
A Commonwealth Fund survey of doctors in 10 countries found that 69% of U.S. primary care physicians reported using EHRs in 2012. However, the U.S. lags behind Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, all reporting EHR adoption rates above 90%.
Small practices in the United States are catching up. An IDC Health Insights report predicts that government financial incentives, cloud computing, and mobility will encourage 80% of small practices to adopt EHRs by 2016.