Is EHR software holding back your practice?
Cloud-based technology is expanding across a wide array of industries and rapidly becoming the defacto experience on the internet. Cloud computing is the ability to access and work with content available at a secure online location through a network of servers (i.e., “the cloud”) rather than just on a personal computer or local server.
Advantages of cloud-based electronic health records (EHR)
- Work from anywhere.
For a cloud-based EHR, all software and clinical data are stored, shared and updated in the cloud, providing medical practices with benefits that traditional EMR software systems can’t deliver.
- No hardware costs.
As opposed to locally-installed and enterprise solutions,a web-based EHR deployment never requires users to install or update software.
- Always up to date
That’s because a web-based EHR such as Practice Fusion automatically installs and updates its most current version to the cloud. New features are immediately available to all users everywhere. With a web application there’s no software “version” issues — you’re always up to date.
- Data security
Plus you can securely access your records from anywhere.
Key Differences between software and cloud-based EHRs
|Cloud-based EHR||Software-based EHR|
|- No hardware costs.||- Requires costly database server, backup servers and physical security measures. Don’t forget about the IT costs involved in assembling the system.|
|- Always up to date and does not cost any money to upgrade.||- Updates need to be downloaded and can be costly to implement.|
|- Data security is easier to manage. Cloud EHR vendors handle all server data security.||- Provider is responsible for server data security.|
|- Work from anywhere. Your EHR works from your tablet or Internet-connected device no matter where you are.||- Requires access to your server.|
|- Disaster resistant. Your files stay safe from local disasters like flood or fire.||- System is susceptible to local disasters. A flood or fire can destroy the servers and workstations.|
|- Reduced expenses for both software and hardware.||- Large hardware and software expenditures.|
Not all cloud-based EHRs are equal
Cloud-based EHRs can prevent the headache of buying new hardware and installing a system, but any EHR you choose has to be easy to use to make training your staff quick and efficient. Before making a decision, get a clear understanding from the vendor on the implementation process and timeline.
Find out why over 112,000 practices are using Practice Fusion’s cloud-based EHR
In less than five minutes you can be charting in a new EHR with nothing to download or install.