One of the major advantages to MedConnect Health’s EHR solution is that it is cloud-based. But is that really an advantage? The answer is a resounding “yes”!
EHR systems, for the most part, fall into two categories: cloud-based or client-server. In a cloud-based system, a practice’s data is stored on external servers and can be accessed via the web, requiring only a computer with an Internet connection.
Client-server systems, on the other hand, store data in house, requiring a server, hardware and software be installed in the physician’s office. In the past, in-house servers have been more of the norm, but practices are increasingly switching to the cloud for a number of reasons.
Implementation is much simpler with cloud-based EHR systems. EHR software runs on the web instead of the computer, meaning no hardware or software installation. Also, practices can prevent cash flow interruptions with a cloud-based system and get a faster return on investment as opposed to a more expensive client-server system.
A practice can realize significant savings from cloud-based EHR systems. One of the largest hurdles for small medical practices is the initial cost of EHR installation. While client-server systems can cost tens of thousands of dollars, cloud-based EHR (which requires no hardware installation or software licenses) can be up and running at a fraction of the cost. Practices simply pay a monthly fee for use of the system, like a utility bill.
IT resource requirements are significantly reduced when using a cloud-based system. Instead of requiring an in-house team to install, configure, test, run, secure and update hardware and software, all of that is done by our MedConnect Health team. Updates are also done automatically, so your practice will be running on the most up-to-date version available.
All you need to access MedConnect Health’s EHR system is an Internet connection. This provides superior accessibility and collaboration over client-server systems because users are able to securely log in to the system from anywhere. The ability to access the system outside of the office allows physicians, staff and patients to collaborate more effectively in a secure environment and provide better continuity of care.
Scalability is also greatly simplified with cloud-based systems. Small practices are able to expand easily with our cloud-based EHR system which makes it easy to add new users, doctors or locations. The flexibility of web-based software allows small practices to think big and grow without breaking the bank. Plus, MedConnect Health’s EHR offers (among a host of features) more accurate reporting for Population Health, ACOs and Quality/PI (Promoting Interoperability) reporting initiatives so your practice gets more flexibility without added cost.
Our cloud-based EHR system offers up-to-date HIPAA compliance through high-level encryption methods that render data unreadable — even if a security breach occurs. In-house client-server systems are often left unencrypted and only as secure as the room where they are stored.
Plus, cloud-based data is safer than paper and client-server records in the event of a natural disaster or fire because the data is backed up securely in multiple locations.
Ultimately, cloud-based EHR systems provide users of all sizes amazing advantages in cost savings, data accessibility and security. To find out more about our integrated, cloud-based solution, give us a call at 334-215-3568 and schedule a demo!