10 Statistics on Hospitals' Data Backup Strategies

Almost half (42 percent) of hospitals use multiple data backup approaches to ensure the availability of critical data in the event of an IT outage or other emergency, according to a new survey from HIMSS.

The most common methods of data backup include:

A combination of the below approaches: 42 percent
Back up all data onsite/within the facility: 25 percent
Replicate data to an offsite data center: 14 percent
Send backup data off-site: 10 percent
Replicate data on-site: 4 percent

Smaller hospitals (less than 150 beds) were more likely to use a combination approach; 46 percent of smaller hospitals backed up data in more than one way, compared with 33 percent of hospitals with more than 500 beds. These larger hospitals were more likely to send backup data offsite — 42 percent of hospitals with more than 500 beds used this approach, compared with 4 percent of the smaller hospitals and 13 percent of mid-sized hospitals (between 150 and 500 beds).

Survey results are based on the responses from 150 IT executives at randomly selected hospitals throughout the country.

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