Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Running a Medical Practice? How to Keep Records Safe

As a medical professional you know how important it is that you keep the information of your patients in the office and not out in the general public. After all, it’s your responsibility to gain and keep the trust of the people you work for as a medical professional.

However, the days of paper records are pretty much over, and keeping everything on a stack of hard drives you keep in your office isn’t the best method. Hard drives can die, they can be easily corrupted and quickly stolen.

Medical history information is bad enough, but when it comes to billing information, you’ll want to make sure that’s protected too. Use this guide to help you protect your clients and keep your medical records from getting into the wrong hands.

Back Up Files

It might sound really obvious, but something you need to do or have an assistant do is back up your files. How often should you do this as a medical professional? Ideally, you should be in the habit of doing this at least a few times per week. If you’re particularly busy you might even want to have your files backed up on a daily basis.

Store some information on protected hard drives, not on your computer.

Use Web Storage

In addition to keeping your own files backed up, web storage is a solution that many medical professionals are using. While you’ll find lots of companies that just want you to join now for the best rates, web storage is a great solution because you don’t have to keep hard drives or worry about files being corrupted.

They’ll be stored on a safe server monitored by professionals, and you’ll be able to access them at will.

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