[ Monday, May 08, 2006 ]


Disappearing images: St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon, offers today's lesson in the need for data backup. According to Modern Healthcare's Daily Dose (4th item), 4 of 5 hard drives on their GE system failed, and the hospital is unable to recover about 5,000 x-ray images on about 900 patients. Don't know yet whether the hospital had a policy of doing back-ups (probably required by HIPAA's Security Rule -- yah, yah, I know it's scalable, but jeez, isn't simple back-up reasonable for anyone to do?) and didn't follow it, or didn't have the policy in the first place; I suspect we'll hear more soon.

Jeff [5:05 PM]

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