Health IT tip of the day: Define your recovery time objective

How long will it take your system or organization to bounce back when catastrophe strikes?

Guy Baroan, President, Baroan Technologies in Elmwood Park, N.J.: Figure out what your RTO is. RTO is recovery time objective. This is the time it takes the systems to get back up and running from the time of a failure. Most companies don't realize that their RTO does not match their business objectives. For example, if you are only doing data level backup, the time it takes you to get back up and running could take you days and even possibly weeks. Will your business be able to function this long with no technology systems? Most can't. Know your RTO objective for the business and make sure that the backup [plan] you have in place meets this.

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More articles from the health IT tip of the day series:
Health IT tip of the day: Bring end users up to speed
Health IT tip of the day: Know your own data
Health IT tip of the day: Focus on organizational preparedness

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