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Disaster Recovery Planning

Whether it is a hurricane or other major weather incident—disasters happen. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when will the disaster hit and affect your medical facility?

Regardless of the cause, Healthcare Providers need to have the ability to rapidly recover and maintain operations to deliver continual patient care.

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What is Business Continuity?

For healthcare providers, the need for maintaining secure network connectivity is imperative to ensuring the highest quality of patient care. Operationally, healthcare providers depend on secure network connectivity to manage everything from handling patient billing and communications, to managing patient intake systems and Electronic Medical Records [EMR].

As there is an increasing need for a growing number of healthcare providers to adapt to a more social, mobile and cloud-based model for their network, the criticality of minimizing the risk of downtime and committing the necessary investments is greater than ever before. One of the most important responsibilities of an IT department is to deliver a reliable and secure network, this is especially true when it relates to the healthcare industry.

However, more often than not, the question that many healthcare providers fail to address is:

What is the actual cost to our medical facility in the event of a network outage and what preparations can we implement in advance to mitigate this impact?

Why is it Important?

According to an independent benchmark study released in 2013 to determine the full economic cost of unplanned data center outages, the Ponemon Institute concluded the cost of unplanned data center outages rose a staggering 41% over the course of the three year study. Additionally, the study estimates that healthcare organizations face average costs of $690,000 per outage incident, while larger groups with more extensive IT systems experiencing nearly $1.74 million per incident.

“Given the fact that today’s data centers support more critical, interdependent devices and IT systems than ever before, most would expect a rise in the cost of an unplanned data center outage compared to 2010. However, the 41 percent increase was higher than expected,” said Larry Ponemon, Ph.D., chairman and founder, the Ponemon Institute. “This increase in cost underscores the importance for organizations to make it a priority to minimize the risk of downtime that can potentially cost thousands of dollars per minute.”

Given the financial and patient impact of unplanned outages, it is no wonder that many healthcare providers are turning to SecureNetMD®, an industry leader in providing HIPAA compliant managed IT services exclusively to the Healthcare providers, for alternative solutions to maintain secure network connectivity.

What is Disaster Recovery Planning?

Disaster recovery planning is planning for an unforeseeable force that will have a significant negative impact on your organization. Disasters can range from the most extreme cases, where there is a total loss, to the much more common instances where organizations experience prolonged power and/or network outages.

Each of these cases can trigger a need for a quick, responsive disaster recovery plan to ensure your organization is operations and impact to patient care remains minimal.  A well planned Disaster Recover plan should include everything from mobile offices, power generators, technology, and a solid Business Continuity solution to ensure networks are not impacted by an outage.

A part of a well developed Disaster Recovery plan is implementing a fail over solution to ensure that your organization remains operations, despite unforeseeable network outages. For Healthcare providers that operate around the clock, an unplanned network outage can have a substantial monetary impact, as well as a halt in patient care.

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