Cloud-based solutions are those that are available through an internet browser and use a “Software-as-a-Service” model (SaaS). That means you don’t have to worry about servers or software installations, and you get predictable, fixed monthly pricing instead of heavy upfront costs. The healthcare industry is quickly adopting cloud-based technology and we give you three reasons why we think a cloud practice management system and EHR is changing the software game.
There is no need to worry about servers when you use a cloud-based practice management and EHR software. As a result, you don’t ha
ve expensive in-house servers to purchase upfront or ongoing IT maintenance costs to worry about. On top of saving on upfront costs, cloud-based solutions use a “pay-as-you-go” pricing model, which means you get affordable monthly pricing too!
Because you only need an internet browser to access the system you have the freedom and flexibility to access the software securely while on the go. If you are visiting multiple patients in different exam rooms throughout the day, you should consider carrying around iPads.
When you use a cloud-based solution, your vendor handles data storage and backups for you. Because of this, cloud-based solutions are designed to keep your data safe and secure on the Web. Cloud-based vendors should be 100% HIPAA compliant and need to meet government security standards for data transmission and storage. They go to great lengths to ensure backup redundancy, disaster recovery, and both physical and cyber security measures that protect data. This is a level of security that isn’t practical for most practices on an individual basis.
In our newest eBook, we further discuss how a cloud practice management can benefit your practice and give you information about other technology options including client-server and cloud-hosted solutions.