Data Synchronization Software, Real Time Bidirectional File Replication and Healthcare Challenges


Healthcare providers and payers require secure sharing and exchange of patient health information (PHI) using effective Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) Solutions. To ensure quality of care and to lower risks requires secure exchange of patient information. Such information includes a long list of data types and must be available to many stake holders. Several factors impede the sharing of the data. These include heterogeneous systems and vendors, laws and regulations. This has several implications for both the quality of care, its cost and patient outcomes. PHI needs to be exchanged between payers and providers. Providers may belong to the same organization but most often they belong to multiple distinct healthcare and non-healthcare organizations..

The need for data synchronization software in healthcare

A large Healthcare Payer and Provider (HPP) needed to synchronize data and move it from various providers, employers’ enrollments, dentists, billing and much more. The environment is very critical for the HPP’s operations. HPP’s systems could not be down except for a very short window of time for maintenance. Stakeholders’ requirements within this environment are critical and demanding. Millions of files needed to be moved each month between systems and geographic sites. File sizes ranged from a few kilobytes to over 32 GB each for doctors’ orders, notes, X-rays and over 90 GB for some kernel dumps and backups.

Value Received From Linux Real Time Bidirectional Replication

The HPP uses a mix of RedHat and SUSE Linux enterprise servers as well as windows.

Automated Secure Linux real time bidirection data synchronization between remote sites.

EnduraData provided EDpCloud software, professional services and support. It helped the HPP synchronize data in real time between a wide range and number of servers in multiple cities and integrated EDpCloud Linux bidirectional file replication with the various health care payer and provider’s operations. To ensure data protection, all communications are encrypted using advanced encryption methods. System administrators can also configure EDpCloud to leave files encrypted at rest or to be decrypted if the decryption key is available.

Keep track of file and directory changes and replicate data in real time automatically: Track history of changes and replication

Extensive history allows the sending and the receiving party to keep track of which files were modified and sent, which ones were received, when and how much data was sent and where the files came from or sent to. EDpCloud can be configured to operate in real time mode, on demand or by using a schedule. Every time a file changes, the changes are propagated to one or more remote locations therefore allowing the other partners to receive data continuously as it is changed. In all modes, only the portions of the files that changed are sent (deltas). This reduces the amount of bandwidth used, increases the transfer speeds, reduces windows of vulnerabilities to data loss in case of a disaster and reduces human errors.

Benefits of Linux real time bidirectional directory and file sync.

The many benefits received include:

  • Automated data delivery with no transaction errors or leaks
  • Faster and more immediate availability of critical data for patient care
  • Protection of confidential business data and PHI
  • Validation that data is accurate and current
  • History of data transactions
  • Improved processes for sharing the data
  • Full automation of processes of ingesting and processing data
  • Reduced costs
  • Reduced risks
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased processing power of claims
  • Improved patient care
  • Improved decisions based on data.

 

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