Don Chouinard, Author at Caringo

Healthcare Data Protection with Active Archive

Why is everybody talking about active archives? Data protection begins with the concept of having a copy of the data that resides on a primary storage system safely stored offsite. Traditional backup and restore software can be used to perform this task, but there are several problems with this class of technology. For example, during […]

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Metadata Storage Solutions

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed RAID vs. advanced erasure coding in the context of protecting vital healthcare data. This week, I want to talk about some issues around the storage of object metadata. One of the great advantages of object storage is that each object can have a collection of metadata that describes […]

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Object Storage, WORM & Integrity Seals for Healthcare Data

As unpleasant of a subject as it is, there are times when Health IT is asked to produce data due to a legal matter. To mitigate the risk of not being able to produce said data in a timely fashion, which has very ugly consequences, let’s quickly define your options for storing and protecting healthcare data: […]

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Protecting Healthcare Data: RAID vs Advanced Erasure Coding

Storage systems used for EHR applications and PACS images have to ensure that vital patient information does not disappear, as such an event would certainly worsen patient outcomes and increase legal exposure. Storage systems for the last 30 years have used redundant arrays of disks (RAID), but RAID no longer works in this post-HIPAA world. […]

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