EMR Backup

Traffic at EMR and HIPAA usually slows down on the weekend and so I try to keep my weekend posts just a little bit lighter than the rest of the week. Often that means I talk about some technical thing since at the end of the day I’m just a techguy.

Don’t worry though, I’m not planning on getting really technical here. There are plenty of technical blogs out there for that discussion.

Instead I just want to highlight what might be the most important thing you set up when implementing an EMR: your EMR backup. However, the problem with backing up your EMR is that it’s not like something you buy on TV where you simply “set it and forget it.” Well, I guess you can, but you do so at great risk.

Do you know how often your EMR backs up?
Where is your EMR backup saved and what happens if that place dies?
Do you know that it indeed did back up your EMR?
Have you ever tried to restore your EMR backup?
Is there space for your EMR backup? Will there be space as your EMR backup grows?

I could keep going for a while, but that should get you started down the path to ensuring that not only your EMR is backing up, but that you’ll be able to restore your EMR if the need ever arises. Any IT person worth their salt knows that a backup is only good if you are able to restore it. Unfortunately, the only way to know if you’ll be able to restore it is to do it.

I’ll save the discussion of disaster recovery for another time. However, becoming familiar with your EMR backup is one of the best investments you can make in your practice. In fact, the future of your practice might just be riding on it.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • There are several important elements of a business continuity plan and ensure you validate the backup is key. I would also add the fact that you need to ensure the files are encrypted before leaving the machine and that the backup technology uses delta differencing so that it is an incremental backup not just full backups each time. Lastly, I would say that it is very important to ensure that you can restore at any point in time – so many don’t offer that option or the option to backup locally as well as offsite… http:\\diskagent.com offers all this and more starting at $5/mo…

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