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Oakwood Healthcare Rewrites Book on Disaster Recovery

White Paper Documents Benefits Achieved by Michigan Healthcare Provider’s
Innovative Approach to Disaster Recovery


(TROY, Mich., Aug. 15, 2013) CareTech Solutions, an information technology and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals, released today a new white paper documenting its customer’s revolutionary approach to disaster recovery. The paper shares several technology advancements made by Oakwood Healthcare that enabled the healthcare provider to shift from a costly, cold-site disaster recovery model to a more efficient warm-site model. 

“When you think about disaster recovery, it’s one of those areas usually down the priority list,” said Don Beyer, director of Technical Services for Oakwood Healthcare. “It’s viewed much like an insurance plan that you try to get good value for the amount of money you spend on it; hoping you never have to use it.”

Oakwood’s IT infrastructure is supported by CareTech Solutions, and together the two organizations challenged the conventional disaster recovery model as a program element in Oakwood’s implementation of its new electronic health record, Epic.

“Rather than thinking about disaster recovery as a separate, stand-alone requirement, we took a fresh look at it,” said Beyer. “We wanted to see if we could leverage our disaster recovery environment on a regular basis by using the available resources for maintenance, load balancing and relocation, rather than having resources sit idle until the world falls apart.”

To learn more about the financial and efficiency benefits achieved by Oakwood, you can read the entire white paper Slashing Downtime from 24 Hours to 24 Minutes.

About Oakwood Healthcare

Oakwood Healthcare is an independent, not-for-profit health care organization committed to improving the health and well-being of the individuals and communities in Wayne County. As one of the largest employers in the county, Oakwood provides acute, specialty, primary and preventative care services backed by excellence in research and education. With four acute care hospitals and more than 50 outpatient facilities, Oakwood’s 9,000 employees and 1,300 physicians represent nearly every medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty. Oakwood was also a finalist for the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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About CareTech Solutions

CareTech Solutions is an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and health systems, creating value for clients through customized IT solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day IT operations, CareTech offers clients expert health information technology services earning it the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Best in KLAS award for IT Outsourcing (Extensive), and the 2012 IT Partial Outsourcing as ranked by healthcare executives and professionals in the respective annual Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report.

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Anne Santori, APR

Public Relations Manager

CareTech Solutions

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Scott Spielman

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Oakwood Healthcare

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