Medical Data Backups

Electronic health records provide convenience and user-friendly application to your medical facility. In best practice it is ideal to prepare a backup in the case a EHR (electronic health record) failure occurs. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your medical facility in the event a disaster occurs.

  • EHR Failures Do Occur

In most cases an EHR system is usually backup into a cloud system. Nonetheless, a cloud based system is not foolproof and mistakes do happen. Therefore, it’s just as important to keep a local backup in the event a failure does occur as well as an offsite backup, much like a cloud storage. In which case, a local backup also serves a useful purpose in the case a network is offline, and clients require assistance.

  • Keep Things Moving

Planning for the worst includes developing a plan to mitigate in the case failure occurs. With an onsite backup your data is stored on the premises. This allows for data to be accessed quickly without requiring a strong internet connection. In which case, onsite data can be protected using disaster protected storage devices, much like a DAS (Direct Attached Storage) or a NAS (Network Attached Storage). A remote backup also ensures that the data is secured in a separate location. Typically, in cloud storage the data is usually kept on multiple servers, so in the case one would stop working your data can still be retrieved without any issues.

  • Consider Recovery Methods

Having both an onsite and remote backup method decreases the risk of data loss. The best way to ensure that backups are consistent is to setup a backup schedule.  Some variables to consider are whether to fully backup your server or incrementally backup your server on a regular basis, what files, how often the backup takes place, where the data is going to be stored and ease of access.

It is recommended that electronic health records be backed up daily in order to maintain security of your records and comply with HIPAA regulations. For more information on backups, or disaster planning please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

Hard Drives, Backups & Failures

Are you at risk for hard drive failure? The hard drive is an integral piece of hardware that is used to store your data. Failure of your hard drive can cause your computer to halt and make the data inaccessible. In which case, it is important to practice backups and test the hard drive health.

What are signs of hard drive failure?

Symptoms

Source of Issue

How to Protect

System Failure: Is your computer failing or giving you errors? A bad sector on the hard drive is usually the source of issue. Although, system failures can also be caused by other hardware failure such as CPU or motherboard. · Backup your PC data.

· Run diagnostic on your PC.

· Clean your PC.

PC Slow Down: Is your computer taking longer to load software or has missing files? Slow computers are another sign of a bad sector on the hard drive. Missing or corrupt files can be caused by failing sections on the drive or a virus affecting the file system. · Keep virus software up to date and use routinely.

· Keep data backups up to date.

Failure to Detect Hard Drive: Is your computer not being able to read or detect your hard drive? An undetected hard drive can be caused by an unreliable power source, hard drive settings or a dead hard drive. · Plan for power outages.

· Established settings are consistent with hard drive.

 

If your PC experiences any of these symptoms it may require to be diagnosed to determine the possibility of a hard drive failure. A built-in feature offered by Windows to check the disk for file integrity is the “CHKDSK” system tool. Running this tool can fix logical file system errors and determine the status of hard disks.

Has your hard drive failed? Are you in need of recovering data or setting up a backup? At Kitsap Networking Services we offer MSP backups, hard drive recovery and hard drive swapping services. For more information please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

Patching your System

Are you receiving the alert to update your computer? With the latest event of the Meltdown and Spectre bug that has affected millions of devices, it emphasizes the need to keep current on the latest security patches and upgrades. Most of the updates are provided by your operating system platform. With flaws constantly being discovered and hackers exploiting them, it is important to keep software and systems patched. The latest updates can ensure your computer is safe from the newest bugs that are out to compromise your system.

How are you to manually update your device? In windows it is very simple to update your system. All that is required is to open the Control Panel, navigate to the Update & Security section, and select the Check for Updates button. This will analyze your system for any missing updates and will even give you the option to install various optional patches that can be supportive to the performance of your machine.

Another great feature offered within the Update & Security section is the ability to carry out automatic updates. Automatic Update can be specifically timed throughout the day. In which case you are busy and unable to reboot your computer during the day, you can also setup the update to complete when you are away. This provides convenience and establishes a specific update schedule that can be aligned with your own.

Are you a MSP client with Kitsap Networking? MSP clients are offered automatic updates that are suited to every system needs. We make sure our clients are kept up to date on updates as well as other processes. If you would like to learn more about updates or our MSP service, please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

 

How to Share a Printer through the Network

When considering IT equipment for your business or office needs you will find that a printer is one of the most expensive pieces. Several items that are to be considered include the toner, ink, paper, imaging drums and more. When a user only needs to access a printer occasionally a considerable option would be to share the printer through the network.

So how do you share a printer through the network?

First, you will need to navigate to the Printers and Scanners settings. You can find this by going into the Control Panel to Settings and by selecting Printers & Scanners in the Devices menu sidebar. Another way of navigating to that menu is by navigating to Start > Settings > Devices > Printers and Scanners.

From here you can select the Printer. In this example we will be using the Brother HL-2280DW Printer. Select this printer and go to Manage. From this menu you will select Printer Properties.

From here it will open a Printer Properties window displaying information about your printer, along with other features such as sharing, color management, etc. To share the printer, you must navigate to the Sharing Tab.

Make sure Share this printer is checkmarked and Apply the changes. And there you have It! You can now use that shared printer across the network.

For more information please about how to configure a shared printer through your network please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

Choosing the Right Browser for your Device

With so many browsers how can you decide which internet browser is right for your business? In most cases the best method of deciding would be each internet browser and determine which features are most important for you and your business. Some things to consider when choosing a browser include:

Will it be compatible with my device? While most browsers offer a wide array of compatibility across multiple platforms, like Mac OS and Windows, some are restricted. Browsers like Safari and Internet Explorer are primarily restricted to their base operating system and do not support other operating systems. Meanwhile, browsers like Chrome and Firefox are offered on multiple operating system platforms along with support.

What are some notable internet browsers?

Chrome
Chrome offers many innovative features, plug-ins, along with a sleek design that integrates many Google products like Gmail and Google Drive. Its sandbox design also helps to alleviate the possible hazard of malware infections and allows you to close slow or frozen pages without shutting down the whole internet browser.

Firefox
Firefox scores some serious points when it comes to flexibility and support for extensions. It also makes of system resources meticulously even with many tabs open. Being that is an open source free program it features you with a higher amount of privacy in comparison to other browsers.

Opera
While Opera is one of the oldest web browsers it is based on a Google Chromium system which works on various platforms. Like Chrome, it features many extensions and delivers quick browsing speeds comparable to other top browsers. However, being that it is often overlooked, many websites do not offer compatibility with Opera.

So, there you have it! Some of the best browsers determined by Kitsap Networking Services Team. Let us know if you have a favorite browser that we did not mention, or there are any features in a browser that sets it apart from the rest.

For any questions about internet browsers please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

How to Choose a New Computer

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Is your computer out of date? Taking its time to logon, slowly loading a website, or an application? Or maybe you are new to computers and would like to join the digital age. It could be time for a new computer!

Although such a daunting task can be complicated and is often confusing with so many options. So how do you decide in a wide array of choices? This guide will assist you through the process.

Step 1: Desktop vs. Laptop

Deciding between a laptop or a desktop computer. If you like being mobile and on the go then a laptop may be more suitable to your needs.  Although a stationary device allows you with the ability to swap old hardware, increased performance and a significantly lower cost.

Step 2: Usage

What will you be using your computer for? Are you using this computer for basic office work? Maybe an intense gamer who likes to stay at the cutting edge? Choosing the right type of computer may depend upon the intended use of your computer.

Step 3: Budget

How much can you afford? While price may be relative to everyone, a perk of building your own computer is being able to budget each part effectively to your own liking. You get exactly what you want for what you can afford. There is also always the option of buying a pre-built computer or a laptop. In which case¸ determining a budget provides you with a practical idea of what kind of computer to purchase.

These are just some of the steps the determine your new computer purchase. It is also important that when you purchase a new computer to create an effective backup. MSP offers the ability to back up at lightning speeds with high availability. In the case you do happen to lose your data, MSP backups are able to retrieve it and have your computer up and running in minutes!

For more tips and tricks on upgrading a computer or questions about our MSP backup service please contact Kitsap Networking Services.