One of the biggest possible consequences of disasters to a business is data loss. In particular, paper documents are highly vulnerable to the effects of calamities like earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires.
Risk management experts recommend digitizing as an effective means of preserving important company files and data. The process requires identifying which among the business’ paper documents need to be preserved, scanning the identified files, and storing the scanned images in a secure electronic location. Given the volume of data that companies typically have to preserve, it is advisable to seek professional document scanning services for better cost-efficiency.
The EHR (electronic health records, also referred to as EMR – electronic medical records) is a recent concept that has emerged in the health care industry, partly to comply with the HIPAA rules in protecting patients’ privacy. An EHR is a digital compilation of a patient’s health information, including the patient’s personal data, doctor consultation reports, hospital records, and all other details relating to the individual’s health history.
Bran Honigman writes in Forbes.com that EHRs allow doctors to “to have an indication of the quality of care they provide.” EHRs also give medical practitioners an alternative to paper records which the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has identified to be more at-risk to privacy breaches than electronic records. Needless to say, the information in EHRs should also be held in the strictest confidence, and privacy rights to these records are likewise protected by the HIPAA.