Healthcare industry is under immense pressure from regulators to improve security of their data resources. For this reason, this article has been formulized to act as a guide to boost the disaster recovery plan of all those connected to the said industry.
- First better to establish procedures to create and maintain retrievable copies of electronic health information- Locating data to offsite (cloud) data storage on a regular note gives an access to data even in the event of a disaster. This acts as a data continuity procedure which is a part of business continuity planning. Continuous data protection offered by cloud services makes any new data and system update sync instantly in real-time to their designated off-site location to ensure no data is lost. Nowadays, companies are coming up with traditional data backup methods to point their backup data to the cloud and store copies of the data in a secure, encrypted cloud based repository.
- How to proceed with data loss restoration- The best way to guard your healthcare data is to organize a plan for emergency data recovery. In order to do this, one must prepare a customized procedure for disaster recovery plan that is regularly updated and tested as your organization evolves. One must also train your IT team to understand the procedure and process of the disaster recovery plan, including how to access each application, its requirements for recovery and how it connects to other applications.
- With HIPAA regulations highly active, enterprises related to healthcare sector should have an emergency plan which can operate securely in an emergency state. Service providers offering Disaster Recovery as a service present the privilege to run production and applications at a high level of security and efficiency at the disaster recovery site throughout an emergency. Depending on the vendor, this level of security can be equal to or even higher than your day to day operations.
- Conduct periodic testing and revision of contingency plan- Regularly testing processes helps in spotting weaknesses and makes adjustments to a contingency plan. Implement disaster recovery testing biannually, which is a standard IT best practice.
- Assess the relative criticalness of specific applications and data- Take time to prioritize which applications and data are most crucial to your organization, and make sure DRaaS vendor knows what the priorities are to ensure they are included in recovery efforts. Customizing the recovery level of each application and data will let you restore the most important data immediately, while waiting to recover less important data during an emergency. Your recovery vendor should be able to identify and recommend recovery levels for applications based on importance and criticalness so your business can run its key systems in the event of a disaster
StoneFly, Inc., a wholly owned business subsidiary of DNF offers cloud based disaster recovery service to healthcare sector. StoneFly’s Cloud Backup Connect is an easy and affordable way to begin storing your valuable server and workstation backups in the cloud. StoneFly Cloud Backup Connect empowers organizations to fully utilize their existing backup software or existing backup appliance’s disaster recovery features, enabling organizations large and small to implement offsite backup inexpensively.
The cloud solution is compatible with any existing enterprise backup software or backup appliance you might be already using (Symantec Backup Exec, Acronis, Commvault, Veeam, NovaStor, Unitrends, etc.), StoneFly provides a backup connector to your choice of private, hybrid or public cloud. Implement a quick and simple disaster recovery plan while storing your backups off-site in Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud, VMware vCloud Air, StoneFly Cloud Business Center, or your remote private or hybrid cloud.
By going with this approach, if in case, you’re in-house backup appliance fails due to a disaster, data continuity can be maintained via Cloud Backup Connect.
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