FAQs about Medical Data Storage
With health organizations increasingly relying on electronic records rather than paper charts for all of their tasks, data storage is an ever-growing sector of the embedded storage market. The need for health organizations to store digital data has grown alongside the use of medical devices that also require embedded storage for patient care information. Data storage has evolved dramatically in recent years, and it is possible for very small, embedded systems to provide massive amounts of secure data storage. However, with medical data, there is a particular set of storage requirements that go above and beyond standard security needs. Here are the answers to some common questions about medical data storage.
Is the cloud used for medical data storage?
As hospitals and medical offices initially transitioned to electronic health systems, the cloud was thought to be the key to managing large amounts of data and making them easily accessible to everyone in a care system. However, these huge amounts of data—often petabytes worth of critical information—have not always been managed effectively using cloud technology. To overcome these challenges, healthcare systems are increasingly looking to flash storage. Flash memory has several advantages over cloud data storage that are beneficial for medical systems. These advantages include the ability to provide faster access to critical medical information than cloud-stored data with lower power drains, no downtime, and none of the moving parts associated with traditional hard disk storage.
What security measures are required for medical data storage?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has very strict guidelines regarding the management of sensitive health information. Organizations are required to take specific steps regarding the storage, management, and disposal of medical data.
Flash memory is an ideal fit for the stringent security needs associated with health data. By choosing industrial-grade memory with SLC NAND flash for data storage, healthcare systems get the highest possible level of security in flash memory. Furthermore, there are customizations that can be added to flash to ensure complete erase procedures and to secure data with different levels of protection. In fact, this is why flash is used in so many military applications. With flash memory, healthcare systems get the capacity, speed, and security capabilities they require.
Are you looking for secure flash storage for medical data? The team at Delkin can help you find a customized solution for your needs. For more information, please contact us today.
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