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HIT Execs: Our Infrastructure Isn't Prepared for Disaster Recovery

February 3, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
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Most healthcare IT executives say they do not have the technology infrastructure in place to be fully prepared for a disaster recovery incident, according to a new report from MeriTalk, an Alexandria, Va.-based public-private partnership focused on government IT issues.

For the report, “Rx: ITaaS + Trust," Meritalk surveyed 100 health IT executives and used data from Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corporation, which surveyed 283 health IT executives. The majority showed that if there was an unplanned outage, they would be ill prepared to fully handle it.

A whopping 82 percent say their technology infrastructure is not fully prepared for a disaster recovery incident. More than half (56 percent) would need eight hours or more to restore 100 percent of the data. Half of the respondents expressed confidence in restoring their data.

In total, 40 percent have experienced an unplanned outage in the past 12 months at a cost of $432,000 per incident. The most common causes of outages include hardware failure (65 percent); loss of power (49 percent); software failure (31 percent); and data corruption (24 percent).

In total, Meritalk estimates 61 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed have experienced a security related incident in the form of a security breach, data loss, or unplanned downtime at least once in the past 12 months. These incidents, the organization says, have cost the healthcare industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year.

Elsewhere, the Meritalk survey revealed that 19 percent of respondents has experienced a security breach in the last 12 months at a cost of $810,189 per incident and 28 percent has experienced data loss in the past 12 months at a total cost of $807,571 per incident.

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