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Is your personal information safe with this doctor?

28 Mar

A local doctor had been using Cameron Park Secure Backup online backup service for a few years. He decided to reduce costs by canceling this service. I reminded him that the service worked reliably and he had already experienced a successful real-world data recovery. I reminded him that patient data was encrypted a) as it traveled across the Internet and b) on the online backup service’s servers. I obeyed his wishes and canceled his online backup account.

A week later, I asked him how he was backing up his patient data. He told me, "I am backing it up on two $75 external drives from a local electronics store. I take them to my car. There I have a plastic box connected with a steel cable to the console. I put the hard drive in my car on Monday night and drive home. I swap these drives between the office and my car. Mark, I know you advocate online backup of my patients’ data to your site in Boston…I just feel my solution is better. If something happens to the car, I can claim that I took reasonable precautions to protect my patients’ medical records. I am compliant with state and federal HIPAA laws. One of the drives is always in the office and one is always in my car."

I kid you not.

I felt this was an awful idea and replied, "OK, let’s see how things would play out if a disaster happened. Let’s suppose you leave work one day and (see http://www.cameronparkcomputer.com/this_backup_solution_really_works.html for more info…)

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Mark Anthony Germanos is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services, a premier Sacramento IT company providing IT services, IT solutions and IT support. Cameron Park Computer Services, at http://www.cameronparkcomputer.com/you_will_save_money_with_the_cloud.html, moves clients to the Cloud. “The Cloud is among the best IT solutions we’ve ever offered,” says Germanos, “I’ve been in the IT service and IT support business since 1992. When you run your business in the Cloud, your data is always available, available from anywhere and the cost is usually less. Does your IT company offer IT services, IT support and CloudU certified staff that can provide today’s IT solutions at affordable prices”? www.cameronparkcomputer.com does.

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