The rate at which natural disasters occur has been ramping up over the last few decades. While these disasters have a hefty toll in many areas, today let’s focus on how these disasters can impact your data and how Cloud PACS can be part of your disaster recovery and business continuity plan.

Thanks to HIPAA, healthcare providers have been required to have a disaster recovery plan in place since 1996. As technology evolves and the number of disasters increase, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at how you plan to keep your data available at all times.  

One major thing to consider as you plan your recovery solution is that instead of investing in more servers for on-site solutions, consider a virtual server environment, which we’ll discuss below.

Setting Up a Disaster Recovery Strategy

Take a look around and determine what type of natural disaster would most likely impact you and your hardware. Californians are going to point to earthquakes and wildfires as their main threats. If you’re on the Gulf Coast or along the Eastern Seaboard, you’re going to keep an eye on solutions that will prevent loss of data due to hurricanes. Midwesterners are prone to getting hit by large and fast tornados. Your approach to protecting your data should take these events into account.

Flooding can happen to just about anyone, whether it’s because of a storm or a plumbing malfunction. If your radiology department is in the basement, this could point to some very specific disaster recovery and business continuity planning related to flooding.

Your plan needs to be comprehensive and account for how your staff will react in the event of an emergency. Each person should have a specific role in getting you back online as fast as possible.

The Role of Cloud PACS

When you have your data backed up in a remote location, whatever disaster befalls your area will not have an impact on your data, which will be stored in a geographically disparate location. This is a big perk in using cloud PACS, but it’s just one of many.

If you partner with the right vendor, your data will be backed up in multiple locations, all outfitted with the latest security protocols. This type of redundancy gives you more assurances that your data will always be available to you.

Another great aspect of partnering with a vendor with cloud PACS solutions is that you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting – the vendor covers all the updates and maintenance.

Furthermore, when you sign up with Offsite Image Management, a leader in cloud-based radiology technology, you get administrative support, browser agnostic viewer technology and software non-obsolescence, which means all software purchases include a one-year warranty and a guarantee to receive unlimited upgrades and updates.

Find out more about our Cloud PACS solution by contacting us today.