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After the Disaster ...

After the Disaster ...

9/7/2017 9:11:47 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 63
Disaster recovery has been a staple of patient privacy law since 1996, and yet, many practices still operate without a viable data backup system in place. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, experts estimated that nearly half of all healthcare offices in Manhattan had no functioning backup or disaster recovery system. Many practitioners had to wade through several inches of water when power was restored.  Of course, many office servers did not survive the disaster.

But let’s say your office has a backup system up and running. Following a disaster, the challenge is ensuring security of backup data. Whether you are sending data into the cloud or safeguarding patient information with a physical backup, you’ll need to follow all the same rules for the data in transit and in storage that you’ve been following for the security of patient information in your day-to-day operation.
 
After a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, those offices that heeded warnings about the need for disaster recovery plans are restoring data from backup drives or from the cloud. At issue are the circumstances involved; the office may be doing this in a damaged facility or at a temporary location. The same security and protection systems that governed the original data and systems must remain in effect.
 
For those offices that had no backup, the real work is just beginning. Creating a work environment that replicates pre-storm conditions may require months or years.  That’s why many practitioners ignore the requirement for a disaster recovery plan at their own peril.

If you need assistance with a disaster recovery plan, contact Smart Training's preferred partner, DR Cloud Services. Discover Disaster Recovery Made Easy
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