By James Troup
Much like a Wellness Program is key to maintaining physical health and longevity, a proactive approach to protecting data integrity and managing your primary IT infrastructure can make all the difference to your business and bottom line. Equally important is a prescription for a Disaster Recovery Plan. This secondary level of preventative maintenance provides peace of mind and could prove to be the lifeline that will rehabilitate your Practice in the event of a disaster.
As CEO of Pediatric Alliance, one of the largest physicians’ practices in Pittsburgh, I recently went through the process of evaluating our IT infrastructure. When Pediatric Alliance moved patient records to an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system about 2 years ago, we rolled out each of our 14 practice locations one at a time, making adjustments along the way. During this implementation, it became readily apparent how much time I was spending worrying about our physical IT infrastructure, and how little time I had to focus on customizing the new EHR system and teaching our docs how to use it.