At its core, a cloud-based EHR is exactly what it sounds like – a method for storing electronic health records not on a local hard drive or server, but in a secure fashion over the Internet.
The most immediate advantage of this is that those records can then be accessed anywhere, from any device, at any time. This enables a new approach to patient care, telehealth and all of the other factors that make a practice successful.
It also offers significant advantages as a practice continues to grow and evolve. Indeed, this new level of scalability is critically important for a wide range of different reasons, all of which are more than worth a closer look.
A Bold New Level of Scalability in the Cloud
By far, the biggest way that a cloud EHR solution will allow a practice to scale has to do with the dramatically simplified IT requirements that it brings with it. This is especially true in comparison to the “old school” way of doing things.
Once all records are moved into the cloud, it’s no longer necessary to maintain your own team of in-house IT professionals if you don’t expressly want to. There’s nothing to install or configure, there is no need to continually test and run things, there’s no need to be proactive about updates and maintenance, etc. Everything is handled by way of a web-based system that is always up-to-date, that is always secure and that is built with efficiency in mind.
This also brings with it the added benefit of being able to add resources without the time-consuming – not to mention expensive – processes that normally come with them. Adding new users is as simple as making a phone call or sending an email to your cloud EHR provider. If you suddenly want to add a second location to your practice, you don’t need to go through this process all over again. Everything you need is provided automatically and you’re not paying so much as a cent for resources that you’re not actually using.
In the end, cloud-based electronic health records are absolutely the way of the future. Rather than setting everything up entirely in-house – meaning that the sole responsibility for keeping everything up and running falls squarely on your shoulders – you get everything you need by way of a trusted third party who is dedicated to handling it all.
At that point, you’re free to focus as much of your attention as possible on actually running the most successful practice that you can – which in and of itself is the most important benefit of all.
If you’d like to find out more information about how cloud EHR allows your practice to scale like never before, or if you have any additional questions that you’d like to discuss with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact us today.