5 Keys for Medical Website Hosting – Part 5: Backups

web hosting backup securityWhile there are plenty of “general” hosting options available for your healthcare website, selecting a company that specializes in medical web hosting will ensure that all of your organization’s needs are met to help reduce online risks, maintain compliance, and increase revenue.

Security, HIPAA compliance, website uptime, and scalability have previously been showcased in parts one through four of our five part medical website hosting series. The final part of the series focuses on why backups are necessary in medical web hosting.

5. Backups

Safeguarding your medical website can simply be done with backups. Backing up your website allows you to react quickly and get back online in the case of a mishap. It also gives you peace of mind having your files stored in the event of data loss. Backup strategies are defined based on risk analysis, so if losing data is a huge risk for your healthcare organization, it is in your best interest to have multiple backup systems in place for your medical website. 

If you handle, store, or transmit protected health information (PHI), your website is required to be HIPAA-compliant. We recommend having a backup plan in place to protect this information in the case of an emergency. The plan should meet HIPAA guidelines and effectively protect your healthcare organization from real issues that can severely affect your business, such as data loss, lawsuits, and website downtime.

Medical Web Experts’ web hosting includes a complete backup at the beginning of the month, along with an incremental daily backup system and a differential weekly backup system. If a client has a special requirement for their website backups, we are flexible to meet their needs.  

Backups, security, HIPAA compliance, uptime, and scalability are key features that you should require from your hosting company for your medical site.  Following these practices for your healthcare organization’s website will allow for effectively protecting patient information, reducing online risks, and a revenue that thrives.

View the complete web hosting article series here:

Are you interested in medical website hosting for your healthcare organization? Medical Web Experts currently manages nearly 20 servers for our client’s websites, with 24/7 response to emergency issues and real-time server monitoring. Contact us here, or call 1-866-932-9944, to learn more.

Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare marketing and health IT with a special interest in increasing patient engagement through social media and healthcare technologies.
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