The Challenges of Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery
Healthcare companies are struggling with getting a handle on the vast amount of data — especially protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) — they have to manage. Whether your organization is a healthcare practice or a vendor serving healthcare organizations, you’re responsible for ensuring the retention, security and availability of this data, which calls for a thorough disaster recovery strategy. However, disaster recovery is becoming more challenging.
How the Evolution of the Healthcare Industry Affects
The healthcare industry has faced dramatic data management challenges over the past few years. There was the migration from paper to EHRs. Then the Affordable Care Act threw nearly 23 million patients a year into the mix. This influx of PHI and PII increases risk, since the industry is a focal point for cyber attacks due to the value of medical data [PDF]. You can expect to see the number of breaches continue to increase, as the rise of the Internet of Things gives hackers more entry points into your network. Ironically, at the same time, providers are wasting $8.3 billion a year on outdated technology.
That’s exactly why organizations like yours outsource disaster recovery, but even that’s getting more complicated and risky now that HIPAA has started a new round of business associate audits. You’re responsible for ensuring you have business associate agreements (BAAs) in place with your vendors and for making sure they handle PHI and PII according to HIPAA guidelines.
As if that’s not enough pressure, it’s not just your business that’s at stake — it’s patients’ lives. If you don’t keep their data safe, they’re at risk for identity theft. Even worse, in some cases, the quality of care they receive could be impacted, whether because their health records aren’t available or because someone is receiving fraudulent care under their identity. Imagine if you could have helped prevent catastrophes like these by implementing solutions that better protect patient data.
Addressing Industry Challenges Through Outsourcing
Outsourcing can be risky, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, if you partner with the right vendor, you can improve your ability to protect your data and network.
The key is to partner with a third party that's experienced in serving the healthcare industry and is familiar with HIPAA guidelines. They should also be able to sign a BAA and provide service level agreements (SLAs) that fulfill HIPAA requirements.
In addition, a single vendor can often provide several services, such as network security, cloud vaulting, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and data archival. By consolidating services, you can spend less time monitoring multiple vendors.
Reducing Risk With BlackVault Managed Recovery Platform
As a disaster recovery and business continuity services provider serving the healthcare sector, we know how to meet the unique needs of healthcare organizations. Our fully managed BlackVault Managed Recovery Platform offers several integrated cloud-based data and network security services. We’re knowledgeable about where technology is heading and can provide a solution that meets HIPAA compliance and technical requirements backed by strict SLAs.
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