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Colocation is Key to Secure Health Data Storage

Posted on | June 30, 2016

As health care gets more connected, the volume of data is growing at exponential rates.  Providers, patients and payers all want one thing:  instantaneous access to secure health data.  What does it take to make protected health information (PHI) available at the touch of a button?  It takes the right light-weight, HIPAA-compliant health data storage application hosted at the right geo-redundant data center.

“We create health data storage and availability solutions for hundreds of acute and ambulatory care centers around the country,” says James E. Hammer, VP of Product and Program Management at Harmony Healthcare IT.

HHIT employees getting educated on the latest advancements in our Tier III data center.

HHIT employees getting educated on the latest advancements in our Tier III data center.

“Because we’re preserving critical clinical data elements for 25 years or more, our clients require not only the right database structure and user interface, but, also an elastic, scalable data environment that won’t run out of storage space or experience a power outage.”

HHIT is the maker of Health Data Archiver, a HIPAA-compliant, long-term health data storage platform.  HHIT data analysts extract information from legacy systems and then migrate and normalize it in a relational database to make it accessible in an easy-to-use, browser-based viewer for years to come.  For security, HHIT utilizes Data Realty, a data center located in South Bend, IN, which has Tier III static UPS power design and 2N redundancy while running at an average PUE of 1.35.  This is the facility where servers and other critical equipment components are stored, maintained and accessed to ensure top performance.

Our technical resources check in on the server performance at Data Realty.

Our technical resources check in on the server performance at Data Realty.

The colocation of data is essential to supporting the big data initiatives of healthcare delivery organizations today.  The robust power grid utilized by Data Realty in the Midwest means that HHIT client PHI has a safe and secure home that is maintained by experts, 24x7x365.  Data Realty specializes in maintaining an environment which helps health care companies comply with HIPAA privacy & security and other industry regulations.

There’s a lot that happens behind that click of the button to access stored data. While depersonalized Big Data can be used to analyze health issues that can make a difference in the world, the accurate and immediate access to one patient’s historical electronic health record can make a world of difference in his/her care and life.

For more information about Health Data Archiver and HHIT’s data availability strategies, visit www.HealthDataArchiver.com.  To learn more about Data Realty, visit www.datarealty.com.

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