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HIMSS Survey: Hospitals Putting Patient Data at Risk


According to survey results published last week during HIMSS14, inconsistent data backup and archiving practices at hospitals are “putting data and organizations at risk and unnecessarily straining IT storage budgets.”   

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At the first glance the healthcare company stat- 75% onsite raises eyebrows (and serious accountability questions) about efficient practice - given that majority of symptom and patient info as well as medicine db is essentially redundant, repetitive data. However, the hairy stats are earlier: 31% don't currently have disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place - whoa! so if your unit is somewhere in Florida or California, chances are - all it'd take is a good hurricane/ earthquake to flood you. 42% don't even have a data strategy/ retention policy in place. So not only do you risk not even having back up, but you could be in legal soup not even aware of how unwelcome you might have done by over-incubating sensitive data. Data security and solid back up (like IBM Critical Data Protection Program (CDPP) is paramount. More at
Posted by Eamon W | Friday, August 01 2014 at 1:14AM ET
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