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EHR ROI, Data Security and Other Web-Based EMR Software Considerations
Cost is one of the main factors influencing the EMR software purchases of many small, independent practices. This is largely due to the fact that physicians with limited budgets must depend on their electronic health record’s return on investment (EHR ROI) in order to cover the cost of implementation. For some, the obvious choice is free EMR software, but many others are turning to cloud-based solutions, which provide many advantages to small physician practices. Here are a few of the reasons cloud-based services come out on top.
Cloud-based software systems run entirely through the Internet, meaning you won’t have to worry about purchasing a server or other costly computer hardware. This can translate into big savings for your office. Just remember that all EMR systems are different and that they don’t all offer the same feature and capabilities. Before making any final purchasing decisions, make sure that the vendor you choose provides a quality EMR. You don’t want to waste time and money implementing a product that doesn’t meet your practice’s needs.
One of the main reasons physicians choose web-based EMRs is that database security is often stronger in the cloud. Not only do physicians not have to worry about backups or important data getting lost in the event of a fire, but they also do not have to worry about security. With cloud-based systems, network security and database encryption are left to the vendor and to their team of IT technicians. The one thing healthcare professionals should ensure, however, is that the EMR vendor abides by federal regulations, such as HIPAA, which protect sensitive patient information.
EMR systems in the cloud are cost effective options for physicians concerned about EHR ROI. Instead of having to pay expensive upfront licensing fees, healthcare providers can pay smaller, monthly fees which typically include maintenance, updates and patches. One important thing to consider, however, is that with cloud-based EMR software providers do not own the system and are simply leasing its use.