Don’t let your practice become a data loss statistic
Picture this scene: Your busy practice is humming along and its business as usual. Your staff is busy checking in patients at the front desk, while doctors are making their rounds to exam rooms. Suddenly, lightning strikes your practice, damaging your computers, diagnostic equipment, and building.
Worse than the damage to equipment and premises – which is most likely insured – you’ve lost all your critical patient and client data. “Not to worry,” you think to yourself, “I’ve got everything backed up to my on-site server.”
The problem is, your manually controlled on-site server backup could easily have failed. Or the lightning strike could have fried the hard drive, which leaves you high and dry, without your practice’s data lifeblood.
According to global market intelligence firm IDC, 40 percent of small and medium businesses don’t back up their data at all. When they do 40-50 percent of those backups are not fully recoverable.
And another scary stat from Small Business Trends says that 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States each week. Are you prepared to roll the dice and hope it won’t be yours next?
If the thought of these scenarios has left you in a cold sweat, don’t worry – there is a way to make sure your data is protected and secure so you can sleep soundly at night. The key takeaway is that having all of your data in one place is a big risk – the only way to recover from data loss is to make sure you have a good backup strategy in place.
There are several key elements to successful data back up and using these will minimize the chances of you losing valuable information permanently.
- Secure offsite and onsite backups. Offsite means having a copy of your data stored remotely in the cloud, and onsite refers to having a separate external hard drive.
- Data redundancy. This is where the same piece of data is held in two separate places. This could be two different fields within a single database, or two different spots in multiple software platforms.
- Automated, scheduled backups. The days of manual backup are gone. Modern solutions provide automatic backups that let you ‘set and forget’.
Avoid data loss and ensure you can access or restore your data following a hardware failure or natural disaster. Data backup services from Covetrus are a seamless, affordable way to prevent your business from losing data.
This automated service works in the background to store your data remotely and protect against its loss. Simply load the software, follow the easy-to-follow prompts, and select the files to be stored. Your data is then compressed, encrypted, and transmitted to a secure vault off-site. Backups are monitored to ensure they are completed successfully. Retrieving data is simple and fast, and it’s available 24/7, 365 days a year.