Why Does the Healthcare Industry Need Disaster Recovery Planning?

By December 29, 2017Disaster Recovery
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Due to the threat from cyberattacks, natural disaster, loss of power, and other unforeseeable events, disaster recovery is a key area of planning for any business today. The digital era has created vast amounts of proprietary data that needs to be kept secure and be accessible at all times. However, for companies within the healthcare industry, it is even more critical to be prepared to protect information for a variety of reasons.

If those who rely on healthcare organizations are denied services, the end result could cause extreme hardship, including the death of a patient. With this in mind, a disaster recovery plan, like a Veeam Cloud Backup and Recovery system, becomes a necessity.

 

Disaster Recovery for Healthcare Organizations

Besides the disruption of patient services, there are three huge factors that need to be considered as to why a healthcare organization needs to incorporate an effective disaster recovery plans into the mix.

Increased Reliance on Electronic Data

More and more healthcare providers are reliant on electronic data. Above and beyond patient records that are stored electronically, healthcare data can include digital imaging technology, as well as mobile applications. Physicians and clinicians can use many different applications such as Epogrates, PEPID, etc. All of this data must be stored and protected.

Financial Losses Due to Data Loss

When businesses are not backed up and running in a timely fashion following a disaster, the net result of being out of operation is financial losses. These can range from lost business to a loss of reputation and poor branding that will impact on future business.

Legal Regulations

Healthcare organizations have strict industry and government regulations and rules that they must adhere to, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). An organization compliant with HIPAA must have a contingency plan that safeguards data in the event of disaster. Policies and procedures must be mapped out in order to explain how data will be protected and restored. Today, there are stronger penalties for failing to adhere to HIPAA requirements when data is compromised.

 

How a Data Disaster Recovery Plan Can Help

There are many ways in which having data backup and recovery solutions can help those in the healthcare industry. A Veeam cloud solution gives you the maximum amount of protection for your backup solution and can be trusted to work reliably.

Enhanced Data Security

Healthcare providers require that all patient data be kept secure. Using a Veeam cloud solution is ideal because of the constant monitoring of secure servers. Multiple firewalls control security, thus minimizing the threat of data breaches. Unprotected virtual machines can be readily identified using a dashboard, and best of all, the protection is automated.

Data Theft Protection

The healthcare industry is always a lucrative target for hackers. Major breaches in 2017 include the Henry Ford Health System where 18,470 patients had their data stolen; the Arkansas Oral Facial Surgery Center where 128,000 patients had their data compromised; and the MongoDB databases where three hacking groups hijacked 26,000 servers for ransom.

A Veeam backup and replication service will come with multiple layers of security to protect your data, including the latest antivirus and malware; data encryption; and 24/7 live guards protecting the Tier 1 data centers housing your information.

Data Loss/Damage Protection

Once a cyberattack has taken place, if defenses have been breached or there has been a compromise of systems, a disaster plan needs to be ready to improvise and adjust with the situation. A data backup and recovery plan is just one component. A cloud service provider also needs to have reactionary capabilities to limit data loss and protect systems from damage.

Easy Data Backup

Data should be backed up automatically rather relying on more time-intensive procedures that are prone to human error. Following the 3-2-1 rule, data should also be backed up on three copies on two different types of media, with one copy off site. Using a Veeam cloud backup for healthcare is ideal because it protects your data on a server in case something corrupts or destroys your data and back-ups on site.

Furthermore, having automatic data backup redundancies built into your systems will allow you to limit down time.

Backup Plan/Plan B

When the worst case scenario occurs, an organization must already have a backup plan in place to address the fallout. If data is lost, is the current backup plan to expend costly manpower on using hard copies (if they exist) to slowly restore services? A Veeam cloud backup allows you to run disaster scenarios and test systems without halting your current workload. Furthermore, you will know with certainty that you will have systems that operate correctly when they are recovered.

 

Our Disaster Recovery Services

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Webhosting.net uses Veeam as our backup solution for VMware and Hyper-V backup, recovery and replication. We provide easy-to-use solutions that will work superbly for healthcare organizations. Features are highly functional, reliable, and secure, giving you freedom from worry about disaster recovery.

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