Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, electrical outages, terrorism - these disasters can have an immediate and lasting impact on medical practices and their patients. More and more doctors are realizing that electronic medical records (EMR) not only optimize operations, reduce costs and improve care - but also serve as an invaluable disaster recovery solution. The backup and recovery of data from EMR solutions can make the difference in saving practices and saving lives.

According to government studies, two out of five companies that experience a disaster go out of business within five years. If disaster strikes a medical practice, the practice administrator must ensure that business continues in an efficient manner. Downtime means delayed or inaccessible medical records, which impact patient safety and satisfaction, the practice's reputation as well as decreased revenue and productivity. Additionally, HIPAA mandates contingency plans for practice disasters including backup, storage and recovery.

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