Survey says majority of hospitals ill-prepared for data loss

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According to a new report by Bridgehead Software, a majority of hospitals aren’t ready for the possibility of losing their electronic health data.


Following a survey of 158 US and UK healthcare IT executives, the report notes that “The one possibility that seems to worry health IT professionals more than any other is that important patient information can be irretrievably lost or damaged, whether because of negligence, a malicious hacking attack, a system outage or a disaster.”


Some of the report’s highlights include:


• 65% said data volumes had increased over the previous year, 30% did not know how much data volumes had changed, and 5% said data volumes had decreased or stayed the same


• PACS applications were cited as the number-one reason for healthcare data growth (63%), followed by files held in the electronic health record (54%) and scanned documents such as proof of insurance (51%)


• 90% said their facilities had a plan to go at least partially paperless with their electronic patient records


• 32% said they planned to move to a new PACS within the next 5 years


• 64% said their organizations had some kind of disaster recovery strategy in place, but the majority (38%) had never been tested


According to the report’s executive summary, “the survey found that disaster recovery (DR) was once again considered the top IT issue, with 54.6% of respondents choosing backup/DR as one of their top three IT investment priorities for the next year.”

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