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 Data retention schedules in Health IT
What is the Health IT industry doing to address inconsistent (and often ambiguous) standards on data retention? We've long seen the 'permanent' tag associated with much of the information we process in this industry, yet there exists so much waste (keeping tape media no longer supported by existing tape silos at costly offsite facilities) as a result. How can IT leverage its practical knowledge of this area (and therefore newer VTL platforms / shorter data retention windows) against non-technical echelons (e.g. HR, Legal) who simply enforce existing outdated dictums in this realm?
ASKED: May 17, 2011  5:17 PM
UPDATED: March 15, 2012  1:47 am

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One overarching storage strategy that our experts continue to recommend is that health care organizations use <a href="http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/tip/Tiered-storage-SANs-essential-for-electronic-health-records-images">tiered storage</a>. This principle suggests that, as data gets older, orgs can store it on slower, less expensive storage, since it is unlikely that either clinical or legal employees will need to access the data at a moment's notice. Reputable cloud storage / archiving solutions are also an option worth considering. In either case, orgs can get away from using antiquated tape technology without necessarily spending a lot of money.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted:  March 15, 2012  1:47 am  by  Beastwood   490 pts.
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