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Published: 19 Oct 2012

When it comes to technology, there are two sides to the HIPAA story. The privacy angle gets the most press, but the mandate to safeguard patient data is also driving a massive overhaul of healthcare's storage and disaster recovery (DR) infrastructure. Bay Cove Human Services is a non-profit organization in Boston serving people struggling with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. With 30 servers and 440 desktops across its facilities in the Boston area, the agency has heretofore relied on standalone tape drives for DR, says Hilary Croach, director of information services. But with HIPAA on the books, Bay Cove has come around to the thinking that "it's not just about tape anymore." Rather, it's about the continuous availability of critical applications and data. For example, Bay Cove hosts one Web-based application used by several hospitals when responding to psychiatric emergencies. With it, emergency workers can look up records for patients in crisis, enabling them to make informed treatment decisions. "This is a 24x7 application,... Access >>>

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