Four Reasons to Consider the Cloud for Disaster Recovery

November 12th, 2013

Disaster recovery in the cloud has become a priority for businesses seeking a secure and reliable method for backing up and restoring critical data in the event of a hardware failure, everyday outage or natural disaster.


Cloud disaster recovery services provide off-site data storage, replication and mirrored facilities, helping companies recover quickly and maintain business continuity even in the wake of large-scale disasters. Here’s a look at the top four reasons why the cloud has become the best defense against disaster:


  • Indestructible: In the event your hardware fails or disaster wreaks havoc in your city, your data will be safe and accessible in the cloud. Using the cloud for disaster recovery means automatic recovery with faster restoration, minimal data loss and decreased downtime, even if your physical site is damaged during a disaster.


  • Affordable: Service providers manage all backup equipment and storage systems while also reducing the time and driving down the costs of doing the same work internally. In fact, disaster recovery in the cloud has provided significant cost savings over traditional tape-based systems or privately managed disaster recovery sites. Providers also offer trained experts, use documented best practices and invest in recovery automation tools your business likely wouldn’t purchase otherwise.


  • Strategic: The constant use of smart phones, email, apps and the web has created an explosion of data, increasing the disaster recovery workload for companies’ IT staff. In fact, many businesses report they don’t have sufficient staff to update and test their disaster recovery strategies on a regular basis. However, with disaster recovery in the cloud, your provider takes over a hefty share of the workload, freeing up your IT professionals to focus on strategic initiatives for your company.


  • Compliant: The cloud offers an extra measure of support for businesses in industries with strict or complex regulations and data retention requirements. Cloud-based back-up means data is secure during transmission, storage and access – particularly important benefits for privacy and record retention regulations.

Top 5 Reasons to Scan Medical Charts When Converting to EMR

May 21st, 2010

I know, I know… You’re thinking there is no way any blog post is going to convince you to scan all your medical records. And I’m not saying you should scan every single shred of paper in every patient chart – but you should consider at least partially scanning all your charts. Here’s 5 reasons why:

  1. More Office Space – The most obvious reason to digitize charts is to free up space and use that space for more productive activities (new physician, additional admin staff, etc).
  2. Speed Up EMR Adoption - During an EMR transition, the last thing a practice needs is both live paper-based charts and digital charts. Using paper and digital charts in tandem can be ineffective because physicians will naturally gravitate back towards paper. Plus, this will drastically slow EMR adoption and patient records quickly get out of sync.
  3. Create a Disaster Recovery System – Digital data can be easily replicated and taken off-site as a form of disaster recovery. This certainly provides peace of mind for practice admins.
  4. Increase Productivity – Practices are much more productive when they eliminate or reduce paper-handling. By scanning charts after go-live on EMR, you have the opportunity to go paperless quickly and never look back. EMR systems are well-equipped to view digital images of older chart images, so a patient chart is only in one place and one-place only.
  5. Save Money - It’s true! If you figure out how much time and money is spent on paper-handling activities in the office (filing, refiling, paper, staples, copiers, faxing, mailing) and how much more efficient the office would run without paper, the choice is quite clear.

Interested in learning more about the chart scanning process and benefits? Check out these case studies featuring medical practices that made the digital leap after implementing EMR systems.

  • Case Study 1: Pima Heart Cardiology digitizes patient charts after converting to the NextGen Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
  • Cast Study 2: Digestive Disease Consultants digitizes patient charts converting to the ChartCapture (EMR) system.


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