Cloud-based EHRs have many advantages over server-based systems. An independent physician can benefit from the many features a cloud-based clinical EHR solution offers, to help maintain that independence. What are these advantages and how can they help independent physicians?
With a cloud-based system, patient data is accessible anywhere you have an Internet connection. You do not have to have access to a hard drive on a specific computer and you do not have to be logged in on an office-based server. If you can get on the Internet, you can view and input patient information.
More than just accessibility
One of the most important advantages to a cloud-based EHR is that all patient information is more secure. The platform itself is vulnerable with a server-based system, as it is susceptible to downtime and hardware issues. As a physician concerned with HIPAA regulations, you can also be assured that your patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) is protected with cloud-based EHRs.
Cloud-based systems can also be less expensive to implement and maintain. In addition, as the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (IT)’s points out in their Health IT Playbook, using a cloud-based system “enables providers to start small and increase their IT allocations as required.” An independent physician can take advantage of this ability to add incrementally to stay on budget and remain independent.
With a cloud-based EHR there are no upgrades necessary on your part. Cloud-based systems automatically update to stay current with latest technology. This frees up time and worry over ensuring that you have the most up-to-date version of the software.
A provider-centric clinical EHR solution is designed to enhance the provider-patient relationship. As an independent physician who wants to ensure that you stay independent, that is a very important advantage. Cloud-based systems are cost-effective, efficient, and safe, allowing you to focus on patient care instead of paperwork.
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