Saturday, June 14, 2014

Medical Data Backup Solutions

Loss of data or corruption of the same has hampered and closed down more small medical practices and clinics than any other type of incident. So says the statistics in any case. The smaller the practice or clinic, the more they are vulnerable to things such as loss of data and patient records and the harder hit they will be when those medical records aren't properly backed up. Most companies, according to all statistics who completely lose their data will be bankrupt, or close their doors within six months time from the time of the occurrence.

With the rapidly changing face of technology and the equally rapidly changing laws that govern things such as medical data, finding the right solution for your data storage or data backup and recovery can be a vast challenge. Knowing the right solution for your business and then implementing it can make the difference between being able to recover from a data loss. Before you take on a data recovery system, learn a little about them and how they operate so that you can make a wise choice, based on the facts and what will best serve your company or business.

Typical tape data backups require a great deal of hands on work, are very labor intensive, can be expensive and do take up vast amounts of resources in order to implement them. They need to be catalogued, to be changed on a regular basis and to be cleaned at least monthly in order to assure continuity of the system. The cost of these units as well as the tape can be vast and the intensive manual aspects of a tape backup system makes it less likely to be the best option because human error may also enter into play. Because of the high level of maintenance and the high level of manual interaction required, the taped backup system typically is far more fallible than other methods. In fact, Microsoft goes so far as to say that more than 40 percent of recovery attempts using a tape backup system end in failure, making them the most fallible of the backup methods.

Online Free or For Pay backups.
One of the better solutions for smaller businesses these days is an online backup where you can store your data away from the in-house, so that in the event of a crash or other problem, you've got a secure storage area available to you nearly immediately. The free versions are rarely large enough to hold any kind of data of the amount that a mid sized business will need, however the for pay versions are typically quite cost effective, are also easy use and are automatic enough to be user friendly for those who need to access them. The down side is that you're controlled by your ISP speeds and you can't do any recovery if you're slow or lose your internet connectivity. In most cases its going to take the better part of a day to recover a full business backup.

On Premises Disk to Disk Backups.
While these may be ideal in many cases, the one massive down side to them is that they are typically on your own premises. Disk to disk is the ideal way to go if you consider a third party to store the disks, but having them on your own premises isn't always the best way to go. Consider all of the options that are available to you in data backup for your business and choose according to need.

By By Dave L Roberts

Dave Roberts is President of Radius180. He is an author and recognized expert in the fields of Medical IT, Business It and Data Disaster Recovery. Radius180 is the fastest growing, full service Medical and Business IT Solutions company in the Philadelphia, Delaware and South Jersey Tri-State area. For more information on how Radius180 can help your business with it's Medical or Business IT, data backup and Medical Data Recovery plan solutions, contact Radius180 at

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Blogger Joel Sivi said...

Medical data storage solutions is
One of the better solutions for smaller businesses these days is an online backup where you can store your data away from the in-house.

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