Everyone is talking about the stimulus package. What’s in it for me? Those of us in the technology industry wonder how it will impact our businesses. The New York Times’ February 10 article, “Technology’s Fingerprints on the Stimulus Package,” outlines how President Obama’s economic recovery bill will be divvied out:
“While much of the sprawling $800 billion legislations consists of tax cuts and broad spending increases for existing programs, like $27 billion on highways and $8.4 billion on public transit, the biggest outlay on initiatives is essentially a technology industry wish list: in the Senate version, about $17 billion for expanding high-speed Internet access, some $20 billion for building a so-called smart grid power network and $20 billion for digitizing health records…”
As a provider of data recovery solutions, the $20 billion set aside for digitizing patient records is of great interest to me. How will this vital, very private information be protected? There are definitely privacy concerns in having everyone’s medical records computerized from birth to death. There are also major concerns of how this data will be backed up and recovered. What happens if a disaster occurs and the IT systems of healthcare facilities fail? What happens to all the electronic records then?
I’ll be interested to see how this $20 billion for computerized health records is spent. We all need to be concerned if all of our medical information becomes electronic and if data backup and recovery is not taken seriously. It is important that medical organizations take the necessary precautions to guarantee that medical patients’ records are protected. Finding a firm that specializes in electronic backup and recovery – in addition to having strong expertise in both technology solutions and government regulations – is essential to ensuring that your most private information is protected.