When it comes to electronic health records, practices have two main options to choose from depending on their needs. They can decide to house everything on a totally on-premise environment of their own design, or they can invest in a cloud-based solution that essentially stores everything over the Internet.
While it’s absolutely true that there is no “one size fits all” approach to this decision, it’s also true that a cloud-based EHR can help you create better experiences across the board. This is true in a number of different ways, all of which are more than worth a closer look.
The Power of Cloud EHR: Breaking Things Down
By far, the biggest advantage that cloud-based EHR solutions bring with them is one of improved access across the board.
Right now, if you maintain an in-house EHR running on an on-premises infrastructure, you essentially need to be in your office to get any important work done. If you’re away for the weekend (or for longer, in the case of a vacation) and something critical happens, you’re essentially cut off from that data. You need to wait until you return until you’re able to act on it.
With a cloud-based EHR, on the other hand, you can see all of that same information from any device on Earth with an active Internet connection, provided that it also has a web browser. That means you can interface with patients, see their complete medical history, go over test results and more – all from anywhere, without even having to think about coming into the office. This allows you to get accurate information anywhere, allowing you to make meaningful and more informed decisions just as quickly.
If something important happens with a patient, they don’t have to wait for days for you to get up-to-speed with the situation. You’ll know immediately, all in a way that allows you to create a better experience for them and to understand the desired outcome much faster than you would otherwise be able to.
Along the same lines, cloud-based EHR solutions also allow for far better image handling than their on-premise counterparts. The chances are high that your practice likely sends and receives digital images on a daily basis – ones that themselves are crucial for patient testing, diagnosis and more.
If the entirety of your infrastructure is still setup in-house, the costs associated with transferring these high quality files will be enormous. Not only that, but you’ll also have to wait for them to make their way from “Point A” to “Point B” and back again. Sure, you could invest in additional storage to help speed things along – but this, too, comes with a significant up-front cost.
With a cloud-based EHR, on the other hand, all of this happens instantly. This doesn’t just save your practice money, but it again allows you to get to a satisfying resolution for patients as quickly as possible.
If you’d like to learn even more about how cloud EHR can help you create better experiences for patients across the board, or if you just have any additional questions that you’d like to go over with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.