At Practice Perfect, we always talk to our clients about how important it is to perform daily data backups. With locally installed software like ours, your data lives on your hard drive—you own it. That means that it’s your responsibility to safeguard it, too. In this article, we’ll be discussing the merits of daily data backups, and how they can audit-proof your business.
Most of us have had our computer crash on us. At this point, we no longer consider it a possibility; we consider it an eventuality. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can perform a System Restore and recover all of your data, but most of the time, you’re left high and dry. But by performing daily data backups, you can ensure that your business with still survive and prosper after the crash.
Have you ever heard of ransomware? There are hackers who target healthcare facilities and locking them out of their computers until they pay them. Why are they targeting healthcare professionals? Because the hackers see a large group of people that they perceive to have a high cash flow, and low computer aptitude. But by performing daily data backups, these hackers have no leverage, and their ransomeware is rendered obsolete. You can just wipe your computer and reload your data and then it’s business as usual.
It’s important to have more than one backup method. For instance, you may want to use a cloud backup service as well as saving your key operational data to a USB flash drive. Things like theft and fire simply cannot be predicted, but by having more than one backup method, your safeguarding your business against all eventualities.
Has your clinic ever been the subject of an audit? Whether being audited by the government, or an insurance carrier, you will need access to clinical notes and invoices. If it has, then you know how important it is to keep your records in order.