Introducing IT Systems into your business environment introduces 3 inherent risks for most businesses: Data Loss, Downtime/Lost Productivity, and Data Theft.
Health care providers also face a fourth risk Government Compliance.
Lets take a look at these risks in further detail.
The loss of important information could be detrimental to any business. Data recovery is expensive and can be time consuming. Permanently lost data is even more expensive than the data you can get back. How do you protect yourself from this issue? Backup your data is of course the answer but that is not the only step. The second and most important step is to TEST your backup and recovery systems. For more information on how to recover information that is lost check out the Data Recovery page.
Lost Productivity and Downtime:
Any time there is lost productivity or downtime you lose revenue. Not only are you losing revenue while you are down, you’re also incurring a cost to repair what has failed. The worst damage is done to the Reputation of your Business. If you would like to know how much your downtime is costing you go to our Cost of Downtime Calculator. To prevent downtime backup your data is of course the answer but that is not the only step. The second and most important step is to TEST your backup and recovery systems. Also have a plan for what to do if your systems go down. For more information on how to plan for Downtime or Lost Productivity check out the Business Disaster Recovery (BDR) page.
Stolen Customer Information is worse than loss of data. Account numbers, Personal Information, Employee Only Files, ect… can open up all sorts of damage done to customers and to the business. The damaged reputation will take a long time to rebuild and will never completely be repaired, lawsuits and fines also tend to take a long time to recover from. To prevent data theft you must secure your data, but not just your data also your backups of data. Test your security see what happens when you try to go to information that should be restricted. Set up a structure inside of your business to allow access to certain files and not to allow access to others. ProPack by Sudora Computer Services can help protect your data from theft!
Check out the Health Care IT Consulting page for information on how to stay HIPAA Compliant.