The healthcare industry has never been one to quickly jump the bandwagon on new advanced IT solutions. The adoption of EMR systems in healthcare practices took quite some time to become widespread. It has now become apparent that physicians and specialists have noticed the benefits of using these systems due to the increasing use of them. With that being said, cloud computing is also an idea that the healthcare industry is still iffy about and will most likely take some time to be implemented.
Cloud computing is not a new phenomenon. Although the actual term of cloud computing wasn’t first used until 1997, the idea of being connected, sharing data, and accessing programs from anywhere was apparent in the late 1960’s. Thanks to companies like salesforce.com, Google, Amazon, and Apple, the concept of saving data to a “cloud” has been able to evolve and change over time. Today, a majority of everything we do revolves around saving data to a “cloud.”
It is no question that health care providers are concerned about adapting to the usage of cloud computing because of the risks that are involved. Confidential patient information and other vital medical records will essentially be stored “somewhere on the internet” and not just written on a piece of paper and locked away in a filing cabinet. This idea alone would be a good enough reason for practitioners to not want to start using the cloud to store data.
Although there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about using cloud based solutions, it seems to be that the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. If used and implemented correctly, storing information on the cloud can help save time, money, and improve the overall success of the clinic.
Security seems to be one of the main concerns with cloud computing. The cloud is actually a very secure place to store medical records. Data is encrypted and securely backed up and can be easily recovered if a problem were to occur. Storing data to on-site infrastructures will inevitably add up over time, thus overwhelming the hard drive or structure. By storing data onto the cloud, health care providers can basically store an abundant amount of information without the concern of slowing down the system or overwhelming it.
Being mobile has also become very apparent in not just the healthcare industry, but the business world as well. Many people are now working from home and they have the ability to do that because all of their information and files can be accessed from pretty much anywhere. Although doctors and physicians do not have the luxury of being able to work from home, they can however pull up medical records remotely. Instead of being stuck in the office after hours, physicians can fill out medical records, notes, or documents from the comfort of their own home. This also benefits the patients because doctors can quickly access their records without even having to be in the office.
Web based EMR systems that use the cloud to store information will without a doubt become the “new thing” in healthcare. Programs like TheraOffice Web come equipped with all the benefits there are to offer in practice management systems while storing all of the data on a cloud. TheraOffice Web is developed on the 3.5 .NET environment from Microsoft. All of the data is encrypted and sent to remote servers in the cloud. Hands On Technology maintains the databases, backups, and other system tasks. TheraOffice Web has the same features as TheraOffice On-Site and is even compatible with our new Schedule Viewer app for iPhone and iPad.
With the healthcare industry quickly changing and new reporting requirements becoming more prevalent, implementing EMR systems and web based EMR systems will eventually become required if clinics want to be successful. Although the idea of storing confidential information to a “cloud” may seem a bit daunting, it will help the clinic out in the long run.
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