At the Core
20 May 15

A Healthy Approach: How Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Can Bolster Health Care IT

Across the board, we've seen the ability of cloud computing in recent years to bolster organizations in a great many industries. Everyone from IT firms to manufacturing companies has found that cloud backup solutions can help them better curate their data and access it in times of need.

"Health firms are in control of massive amounts of data at all times."

There's one area of the business world that could still use a bit of extra awareness, and that's the health care sector. Health firms are in control of massive amounts of data at all times – they have deep reservoirs of information about their employees, their patients and the world around them. These troves of data are irreplaceable – and as such, they need to be protected.

For anyone who's the IT head honcho at a health care firm, there's no better time than the present to begin thinking more carefully about disaster recovery planning. What happens if all of that vital data is in danger? How will you safeguard it, and without the risk of downtime that could have adverse effects on patients? These questions are very real and pressing for industry professionals.

The benefits of the cloud
The cloud can be an enormous help to any organization – there's no doubt about that. But recently, there's been a great deal of buzz about how powerful it can be for health care organizations in particular.

According to Diginomica, the cloud has gained massive appeal in health because the sector is all about high levels of performance. Steve Fanning, vice president of health care strategy at Infor, told the news source that cloud solutions help take organizations to heights in terms of speed and efficiency.

"Your organization needs to function as efficiently as possible when it comes to fundamental functions, like payroll processing, invoice updates and patient billing," Fanning explained. "It's so important from a user's perspective to have everything running quickly and smoothly to be efficient and effective in their work."

If you're still using outdated legacy systems of hardware and software, your health care firm might have trouble keeping up with the times. Cloud computing can eradicate such issues.

Disaster recovery is of the essence
One of the primary uses of the cloud is for assisting with disaster recovery. Say, for example, that a hospital is struck by an earthquake, and suddenly physicians have no access to vital data regarding their patients. They need to retrieve this information quickly, as lives depend on it. Which method should they trust – an old-school backup strategy that uses tapes that are stashed in faraway filing cabinets, or a cloud-based model that's instantaneous and always reliable?

Speed is vital with health care data. The clock is ticking.Speed is vital with health care data. The clock is ticking.

It's important to note that when it comes to important health care data, there's no time for downtime. When doctors are trying to save patients' lives, even a few minutes can make all the difference. They don't want to waste time scrambling to retrieve data that they need immediately.

Fortunately, this means they can rely on Virtacore, which had zero downtime in 2014. The goal is grab your data and stay operational without skipping a beat, and Virtacore can make that happen.

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