One of the greatest dilemmas that physicians face while choosing the right Electronic Health Records (EHR) is whether to opt for a cloud based EHR, or an on-site locally hosted EMR. With a wide array of choices available to physicians, cloud EHRs are by far considered to be the most efficient and cost effective EHR solution in the market. Having witnessed the implementation trends, it’s easy to establish that cloud electronic health records have also solved the issues of affordability and integration for providers.
The tiresome process of implementation has discouraged many physicians from adopting electronic health records. However, with the introduction of cloud EHRs, the implementation requires only an internet connection to begin with. In fact, these solutions have allowed physicians to store, retrieve, and access patient information from virtually anywhere, at anytime – eliminating the need of end user installation and eradicating the requirement for secondary servers.
“Technology is meant to simplify the complications associated with workflow management; cloud EHRs serve the exact purpose for physicians. Moreover, these solutions also help physicians from incurring additional costs. There is a reason why cloud electronic health records are considered to be cost effective”, says a California based health IT consultant.
Security of patient information is not only vital to provide quality care at the right time, but also to meet the government’s regulatory standards. Many healthcare bodies and providers have been penalized as a result of losing patient data. However, cloud EHRs can definitely aid in significantly reducing the probability of such occurrences. Since the data is stored on internet servers, physical theft of the device would not lead to data loss.
Let’s talk about the idea of integration. Today, some of the established EHR vendors provide a complete cloud EHR suite with integrated practice management and patient portal. Physicians no longer need to have separate tools for clinical, administrative and billing operations. The integrated cloud EHRs allow physicians to simultaneously address the clinical needs using EHR and administrative needs using Practice management, without even switching devices or changing interfaces.
The mechanism is simple, once patients’ clinical issues have been scrutinized by the physician; the procedures are automatically reported to the billing modules in the practice management. Now, it’s practice management that helps physicians deal with the financial tasks.
After successfully aiding the financial and banking sectors, cloud technology is persistently serving the healthcare industry. The way cloud electronic health records are helping physicians in ensuring quality care, it seems logical to forecast that cloud EHRs are going to be the next big thing for the upcoming years.