Implementing Electronic Health Records is tricky procedure. Let’s look at some key Infrastructure issues that you have to face.
Space and recovery—Every practice needs to save cost and at the same time have a backup plan for system recovery. The demand is simple, when system crash they should be able to fall back to their primary data stored on their backup server and can be used when the system fails. Practices can buy redundant database servers of EHR. The cost of hardware is going down with the passage of time, and better storage systems are available at a much cheaper price than it would’ve been ten years back. Large storage devices with redundancy options are about $8,000 to $10,000 which may have a cost 10 times more a couple of years back. Weighing your cost of purchasing redundancies to the cost of losing your data on EHR, should be the focus of the practice. Having a web-based EHR technology can significantly reduce your costs.
Accommodating Growth—The issue of not making a sustainable system can be a major issue for the EHR technology in use. For that, the practice should use large storage devices. Scanning medical images, medical data can exceed the old storage devices quickly. The infrastructure needed to accommodate the growth for the EHR technology allows more users to be added to the database of the EHR. In other words it means more business opportunity.
Connecting—Since, every provider and staff requires access to the EHR, a lot of EHR installations go through problematic installations because the communication facilities are based on incorrect numbers of the users. This causes delay in the normal functioning of the EHR.
Major EHR technology infrastructure issues needs to be solved at the nascent stages of their development so that they may not be the cause of hindrance when it comes to performance of the practice.