7 Statistics on Hospitals' Data Storage Methods

The adoption of electronic health records and other IT systems has lead to a significant increase in the amount of data collected by hospitals and other healthcare providers, necessitating a storage strategy.

According to survey from HIMSS Analytics, the most popular methods of data storage among hospitals and health systems include:

  • Storage area network system (67 percent)
  • External storage media, such as tapes or discs (62 percent)
  • Network attached storage system (45 percent)
  • Vendor solution/storage is outsourced (26 percent)
  • Cloud computing (24 percent)
  • Direct attached storage system (22 percent)

All respondents from large hospitals (500 or more beds) reported using a SAN system. External storage was the most popular choice among hospitals with less than 500 beds.

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

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