The Best Disaster Recovery in Offsite Form
A great number of events can put your data in jeopardy. These events, unpredictable in nature, can compromise your PACS server and all your stored data. From floods to fires, earthquakes to tornados – natural disasters are only one part of the equation. There is also human error to consider, server malfunctions and power surges that can put your data at equal or greater risk. Disaster recovery has to be a major priority for healthcare providers.
Burning images and other data onto CDs is something some providers do to back up their data, or they’ll duplicate everything onto external hard drives. However, these solutions aren’t really solutions because they are just as vulnerable to natural disaster or breakage as your hardware in your facility. Some try to tackle this issue by using a third party. Unfortunately, this is also an unrealistic method because the third party often has no viewing capabilities. The images and data might be safe, but it’s not usable or immediately available to healthcare professionals who need access to them.
What providers need today is a near 100 percent assurance that their data will be available to them, regardless of what events are happening around them. What they need is a solution that involves real-time backup. They require a solution that integrates existing PACS or other selected modalities for a continuous, real-time backup solution.
These solutions should give users the ability to query and retrieve images directly from offsite servers. In a perfect scenario the solution would involve a non-proprietary DICOM format that allows images of all types to be archived, accessed and shared across departments and across facilities.
The best disaster recovery solutions involve working with an offsite vendor that focuses on storing critical data with multiple disaster recovery protocols, but it also allows for data sharing through the cloud. It must be a browser agnostic solution so it will work with any viewer, and it must have zero client administration needs. It must seamlessly integrate with HIE platforms of all types, locally, regionally and across state lines.
If you’re still using CD burning technology, jumping to a third party with cloud-based solutions means you no longer have to purchase or store the CDs, worry about lost CDs, damaged CDs or think about how you’re running out of places to store them.
Redundant data centers, which are located in different geographical locations, means your data will be safe regardless of what natural disasters are occurring in one specific area. Pick a vendor that gives you 24/7 access to all your stored data and allows you to store your structured HL7 data as well.
OffSite Image Management, Inc., has developed everything you need for your disaster recovery. Our Virtual CD solution gives you the opportunity to once and for all rid yourself of your CD burning tasks. You also won’t have to worry about seemingly impossible data migration tasks should you decide to upgrade your PACS – we make it simple and fast. Contact us today and let’s discuss your options.