Over the last decade in particular, cloud-based EHRs (electronic health records) have become increasingly popular in the healthcare sector. But this isn’t just a case of organizations embracing modern technology just for the sake of it. They truly do bring with them a host of different advantages that you would be hard-pressed to find through other means.
The Benefits of Cloud-Based EHRs: Breaking Things Down
For most organizations, the most immediate benefit of cloud-based EHRs will also be arguably the most important: the cost-savings that these innovative solutions bring with them.
When you’re still dealing with a traditional EHR deployment that is setup entirely in-house, there are a number of unpredictable – and often exorbitant – costs associated with such an environment. Not only do you have to pay for both the hardware and the software, but you have to pay someone to constantly maintain those resources. Updates and patches need to be applied manually. If something breaks, the burden falls on you to fix it. The list goes on and on.
In fact, one recent study indicated that traditional client/server EHR deployments can cost $40,000 or more just to get up and running once things like licensing fees, maintenance costs and others are accounted for.
With a cloud-based EHR, on the other hand, everything is delivered on-demand over the Internet – all managed by a dedicated third party via a fixed, predictable monthly fee. So not only do you have constant access to all of the resources that you need, but you also don’t have to worry about ongoing maintenance or any related issues. You can enjoy all of the benefits of EHRs with as few of the potential headaches as possible.
Another one of the major reasons why doctors are clamoring for cloud-based EHRs has to do with the fact that IT resource requirements are dramatically reduced when going with this type of option. Again – a traditional, on-premises EHR takes a tremendous amount of effort to maintain. Rather than constantly requiring IT staff to be on-hand to install updates, configure systems, test new features, secure the environment and more – everything is delivered by a dedicated third-party provider.
If an organization wants to use this as an opportunity to relieve the burden of having their own in-house IT staff, they absolutely can. But they can also use it as a chance to free up the valuable time of those employees to focus on those tasks that actually drive revenue for the practice, which in and of itself might be the most important benefit of all.
Finally, cloud-based EHR deployments provide not only better accessibility – but better opportunities for collaboration – than their more traditional counterparts ever could. All information in these environments are stored online, meaning they’re accessible from any device, in any location, at any time. Not only does this make it easier for doctors and staff to collaborate with one another, but it also helps pave the way for better patient experiences – something that all practices both large and small should be striving for.
If you’d like to find out more information about why more and more doctors are demanding cloud-based EHRs, or if you’d just like to discuss your own needs with an expert in a bit more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.