Disaster recovery tops healthcare IT priorities

Disaster recovery tops the list of hospital IT spending priorities this year, according to a global survey.

The 2010 edition of the Data Management...

Disaster recovery tops the list of hospital IT spending priorities this year, according to a global survey.

The 2010 edition of the Data Management Health Check from Bridgehead Software suggests that 44% of those surveyed placed disaster recovery as a high priority, with 38% highlighting picture archiving and communication systems. Some 35% indicated that digitisation of digital documents was also a concern.

Bridgehead's director of marketing, John McCann, attributed the findings to the "notoriously complex" nature of the data environment in hospitals.

"When healthcare information systems go down, bringing that information back online is an intricate process," he said.

Storage issues were also raised as many hospitals grapple with the transition to electronic patient records.

Bridgehead estimates that 20% to 30% of storage worldwide is in healthcare, however only a quarter of those surveyed claimed to have adequate archiving capabilities.

Despite this, cloud storage solutions garnered little interest from those surveyed with just 15% placing it in their top three investment priorities.

Green IT initiatives appeared to fare worst of all, with just 12% placing it as a priority in their budgets.

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