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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:26

When backups are not enough

By Lee Fleming

The vital importance of developing a disaster recovery plan – and testing it regularly.

Not that long ago, to prepare for an IT disaster (either manmade or natural), hospitals and other healthcare facilities cared only about having some sort of back-up system in place. They still kept patient information on paper charts along with medicine prescriptions should their IT system collapse.

Then the concept of “disaster recovery” emerged. Hospitals became more sophisticated, relying on computerized storage. Today, it’s the high availability of IT that matters, not disaster recovery. The new motto is: “Let’s make sure we don’t have to recover.”