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BridgeHead Survey Finds Majority of Hospitals Lack Robust Disaster Recovery Plans

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BridgeHead Survey Finds Majority of Hospitals Lack Robust Disaster Recovery Plans

Annual checkup finds hospitals afflicted with rising data volumes generated by proliferating PACs, EHRs and scanned documents

ASHTEAD, UK AND WOBURN, MAJune 28, 2012BridgeHead Software today released the full results from its second-annual Healthcare Data Management (HDM) survey which determined that healthcare IT leaders around the world consider disaster recovery and business continuity their most pressing data management need. Of the survey responders, 65% said their data volumes had increased over the previous year, yet only 26% said they had “robust, tried-and-tested” disaster recovery plans in place.

As BridgeHead reported in February, disaster recovery was voted the top healthcare IT investment priority for the second year in a row. The survey also confirmed that hospitals want more control over medical image data generated by Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS).

Jim Beagle, CEO of BridgeHead Software, said, “In the face of unstoppable data growth, it is becoming a serious challenge for hospitals to store and protect patient data while also making it available for clinicians in a timely manner at the point of care. Results from this year’s Healthcare Data Management survey indicate that hospitals are still grappling with many of the same IT challenges they faced last year, particularly with regards to business continuity and disaster recovery.”

To combat these and other challenges, many hospitals are actively investing in data management technologies that give them more control over their information—a practice that has positive effects for several important areas of healthcare IT including: interoperability, data access, IT efficiency, reducing IT costs, energy efficiency and disaster recovery.

Other key findings from the survey:

· 65% said data volumes had increased over the previous year, 30% did not know how much data volumes had changed, and 5% said data volumes had decreased or stayed the same

· PACS applications were cited as the number-one reason for healthcare data growth (63%), followed by files held in the electronic health record (54%) and scanned documents such as proof of insurance (51%)

· 90% said their facilities had a plan to go at least partially paperless with their electronic patient records

· 32% said they planned to move to a new PACS within the next 5 years

· 64% said their organisations had some kind of disaster recovery strategy in place, but the majority (38%) had never been tested

· 35% said their facilities did not have a plan to reduce data centre carbon emissions

· 45% said their facilities were planning a major storage upgrade (1 TB or more) in the next year.

To download an executive summary of the results from the survey, please visit www.bridgeheadsoftware.com/resources/download/456.

For more information, please visit www.BridgeHeadSoftware.com or follow BridgeHead Software on Twitter for the latest news and updates: @BridgeHeadHDM.


About BridgeHead Software

With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, and 10 years in healthcare, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,000 hospitals worldwide.

Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to STORE, PROTECT and SHARE clinical and administrative information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future.

To learn more about BridgeHead Software, visit http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com

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