Disaster Recovery Tops Healthcare IT Priorities

A global survey has revealed that disaster recovery will top the list of hospital IT spending priorities this year.

The latest version of the Data Management Health Check from Bridgehead Software shows that 44 per cent of those asked said that disaster recovery should be a high priority.

38 per cent of those surveyed sait that picture archiving and communication systems were important, while 35 per cent said that the digitisation of documents was the most important thing for them.

John McCann, the director of marketing at Bridgehead has said that the findings highlight the "notoriously complex" nature of the data environment in hospitals.

He stated, "When healthcare information systems go down, bringing that information back online is an intricate process. Storage issues were also raised as many hospitals grapple with the transition to electronic patient records.

Despite the organisation's estimate that 20 to 30 per cent of worldwide storage relates to healthcare, Bridgehead also said that only 25 per cent of people included in the survey believed adequate archiving was available.

Only 12 per cent of those surveyed placed Green IT initiatives as a priority in their budgets.

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