As reported last month in this blog, a number of Phoenix-based hospitals graded poorly on security. Now it appears that a core component of the healthcare industry’s issues is many organization’s inability to manage constantly growing data.

Healthcare IT News reports that, according to BrideHead Software’s second-annual Healthcare Data Management (HDM) survey, the medical industry produces roughly 30 percent of the world’s data. Additionally, the survey finds that the amount of information is increasing at a rapid pace, as 65 percent of respondents indicated that their data volumes increased over the previous year.

However, only 26 percent said that they have a proper disaster recovery plan in place, so as a result, healthcare professionals have named disaster recovery as their number one priority for the second straight year. As advancements in technology continue to digitize traditional medical practices, it has become increasingly important for organizations to protect information, especially as new regulations are created to compliment the digitalization of healthcare data.

“Backup and disaster recovery is a complex landscape for healthcare,” wrote Bridgehead CEO Jim Beagle in the survey’s corresponding report. “With the enormous amounts of digital information that hospitals have to manage, it is increasingly difficult to ensure backups are completed in the available time windows and that the appropriate copies are made to the appropriate storage media to enable the execution of a comprehensive DR strategy.

As Phoenix hospitals begin to rebound from their negative reviews, they must ensure that a comprehensive business continuity plan is in place. Being prepared for growth is essential, as failure to meet the storage demands of massive amounts of data could have disastrous consequences, such as a loss of information.

Partnering with a Phoenix disaster recovery solutions provider can help healthcare organizations procure the right solution that can maintain a growing amount of information.