Healthcare organizations have traditionally preferred on-premises data storage solutions because of the presence of IT administrators who have direct control over the systems in the datacenters. But to reduce the maintenance costs, and improve the organization’s compliance with HIPAA, advanced data storage techniques have to be implemented. Some of these data storage solutions include picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), storage area network (SAN), tired storage and the most popular storage system, cloud storage.
Advanced storage techniques like cloud storage offer a scalable and flexible storage environment at a low cost, compared to on-premises data storage solutions. Organizations using data analytics will experience an increase in storage needs as the rise of the internet of things increase. One challenge that healthcare organizations experience is how to add legacy systems in new systems in the IT infrastructure. This challenge is one of many, but cloud vendors offer interoperability features in their products to ensure smooth transitions of services, as different products work together in the same IT infrastructure.
Health Organizations and Data Storage
In 2015, 9 out of 10 physicians were reported to adopt electronic medical records. This has made approximately 90% of the hospitals in the US to use EHR technology. Approximately 3.4 billion smartphone users will be using health apps by 2018. This trend puts pressure on health facilities, which need to improve their data storage solutions, as the need to store more records increases. Health organizations need to improve their data storage solutions progressively, for easier storage of digitized records from patients, who access health data via their smartphones and tablets.
Data Storage Techniques
There are different ways an organization can approach their data storage solutions. It all depends on their data storage strategy that is unique to their organization. Generally speaking, data records can be channeled to on-premises servers that back up the same data to the cloud servers. This is a hybrid storage implementation, which involves the combination of different storage solutions.
Patient Data Management
Electronic medical records are continuously growing, and health information management (HIM) specialists are available to manage all the health organization’s data storage and retrieval needs. Individuals who have undergone a master’s program in healthcare administration in strategy and Information (MHA-SI), are also skilled enough to leverage new data backup technology, manage the health systems in the hospital and respond to issues that concern hospital health information management. It is important to know that HIM specialists and MHA-SI professionals follow up on developing healthcare tech innovations, they also learn about best practices in IT and the latest storage equipment available. This makes it easier for healthcare organizations to manage all the electronic records they receive on a daily basis.
Ever since the emergence of electronic health records in the US, it has been easier to create, store and retrieve patients’ data. To ensure that cyber-attacks are kept at bay, health facilities need to secure their ever-growing data network, with up to date security measures and breach mitigation plans.