Understanding Computers/Backing Up Data


Hi Dan,

I plan on beginning a very small medical practice later this year. What would you recommend to back up my patient's records; my own external hard drive, or should I use the services of those professional companies who perform back ups for a monthly fee?
Are there any external hard drives or flash drives on the market that would be dependable and safe enough for me to back up my patient's/client's medical records?

Thank you very much.


Hello Mike:
Thanks for asking this question.

I think you can need to consider a couple of factors.
First, are you using any Software (such as Patient Management system) to maintain patients records?  There will be a lot of data associated with patients such as profile, treat history, and disease so on.  In this case, Software usually creates data bases to maintain many types of data.  Normally software support backup function, also.

If data structure of patient are not that complicated and not that a huge volume, then you can purchase external Hard Drive (500 GB or 1 tera) from computer store (Bestbuy or Costco), and you can regularly (weekly or every 2 weeks)create backup.  

Pleawe look at the your situation and I hope you can make a right decision.

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