Physicians who are planning their EHR conversion strategy are sometimes a bit overwhelmed by the variety of choices and the expense they entail. The good news is that the transition to electronic health records doesn’t have to be as costly and daunting as it first appears.
The perfect solution to the EHR dilemma for many smaller practices is a cloud-based EHR system. Some of the advantages of a cloud-based system include:
Simpler to implement.
Because these run on the web and not a local computer a practice can avoid cash flow interruption while having a faster return on investment.
Significantly reduces resources.
Rather than requiring a whole team of IT experts to recommend, install, test, configure, run, update hardware and software, and ensure security, a SaaS provider handles everything. With a cloud-based system, all updates are handled automatically, allowing the practice to always have the most recent version available.
A cloud-based system simplifies growth.
A small practice can avoid the usual IT growing pains expanding can cause. Thus it is much easier to add doctors, locations, and new users. Because a cloud-based system offers maximum flexibility, a small practice can plan big without web-based bankrupting itself.
A cloud-based system offers tremendous savings.
A traditional client-server system can cost up to $40,000 or more not counting licensing fees, updates and patches, and maintenance costs. The largest hurdle of many small practices is often the initial cost of EHR installation.
Because a cloud-based EHR system requires no software licenses or hardware installation, implementation costs a fraction of a client-server system.
A practice can budget its EHR like a monthly utility bill with a software as a service (SaaS) arrangement.
A cloud-based system is safe.
Cloud-based systems actually offer greater security than client-server systems and even paper records. Everything is within a secured cloud so that it’s never lost or stolen, and is protected by multiple methods including passwords and 2-step authentication.
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