Have you started to protect your clinical data? If yes, how long are you keeping your backups?
- Healthcare overspends on long-term backup retention. There is a dramatic range of perspectives on how long hospitals should keep their backups: Some keep theirs for 30 days, while others keep their backups forever. Many assume the long retention is due to regulatory requirements. Retention times longer than needed have significant cost implications and lead to capital spending three to five times greater than necessary.
- What is the right backup retention period? The most accepted answer is 60–90 days. 30 days may expose some risk from undesirable system changes that require going further back at the system level: Examples given include changes that later caused a boot error. Over 90 days, it’s very difficult to identify scenarios where the data or systems would be valuable.
- What are the impacts of those policy choices? Defining longer-term retention policies drives dedupe appliance adoption due to the high degree of data duplication, which delivers precisely the opposite of what is sought from backup infrastructure: fast recovery. Dedupe appliances are optimized for redundant data storage, but they are often not optimized for recovery performance, which ensures that large-scale recoveries take longer and often preclude immediate recovery options.
The importance of data backup for medical professionals can’t be taken for granted. It’s an essential part of any health care organization’s technology strategy. In fact, nobody can predict the next crisis, consider it a cyber-healthy way for doctors and hospitals to survive. Just ensure you can recover to yesterday if something goes wrong.
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