November 27, 2019 - by Webmedy team
More and more healthcare providers and practices have been increasingly adopting cloud EHR platforms these days. Do you wonder why? The reason is pretty simple that is the improved data security along with the enhanced efficacy and turnaround of IT operations. It has been seen that a large number of healthcare practices and providers are nowadays opting for cloud technology and solutions, which they were once supposedly anxious and fearful about.
As per the stats, by the year 2011, only 4% of healthcare service providers adopted cloud technology and services. Since then, the usage of the cloud is growing annually by a sheer percentage of 20%.
One of the top reasons for the acceptance of cloud EHR platforms is security. Due to the sensitive nature of the information stored within EHRs, several security safeguards have been introduced through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. It could happen even if an employee loses a laptop anyhow and it could lead to the fact that all the data is been lost. Just for reference, recently when an employee's unencrypted laptop was stolen, Concentra Health Services paid US Department of Health and Human Services over $1.75 million for civil rights when it was found that the health service provider did not have any relevant security management process to secure patient data.
The cloud is going to be much safer and secure than anything else and specifically if it is not your core competence. By the year 2012, the Eppel Family Medicine services bought a cloud EHR system. The reason behind taking this decision of going after cloud EHR (Electronic Health Record) was safety and security. The healthcare company was looking for a solution where anything could not be stolen physically and there is no requirement to have everything detailed on paper. The cloud EHR system turned out to be the right solution and was extremely simple to use too.
EHR security risk assessments reveal that confidential information is also available in the form of e-mails, messages, forms, etc. and can be accessed easily through tablets, laptops, Smart Phones and other devices. 81 percent of physicians employing server-based EHR software claim they are concerned that their system, device, server or files may be stolen or breached. Moving data to the cloud lowers this risk as it is stored remotely. There is no laptop comprising patient data or history. As the cloud platform does not involve owning a server, there is no hassle or concern related to protecting any physical computer or laptop from any disaster or theft.
Security is also a critical aspect that healthcare settings need to consider when integrating with other healthcare platforms. To provide secure collaborative care to patients across settings, secure cloud protocols need to be adopted. The cloud healthcare services and IT software providers can integrate and share patient care information across HIPAA compliant products and patients can access their health information from any internet-connected device using secure protocols like FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources - a standard for health care data exchange, published by HL7). This has benefited healthcare practices in many ways. One of them is Rose City Urgent Care and Family Practice that got rid of security and regularity woes simply by partnering with each other.
Security is an important concern for healthcare providers due to requirements dictated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. 92 percent of the small practices that rely on cloud EHR systems feel that their vulnerability to data breaches and security incidents is far lower than it once was. By adopting a cloud EHR system, healthcare providers can focus on what matters most to them, which is providing care to patients rather than spending efforts on managing servers, security patches, data backups, data loss, encryption, privacy controls, etc. and let cloud EHR platforms like Webmedy handle the EHR security-related controls and mechanisms. Cloud EHR systems provide relief to healthcare providers from the burden of implementing tight security controls and mechanisms, as they can now utilize cloud EHR platforms inbuilt mechanisms for security.
One of the main causes of loss to a Client-Server system is the initial cost of EHR Implementation. Because the client-server requires the installation of all hardware and software in the medical office, some client-server system can cost you $40,000 or more just to set up it. In addition to this, there are licensing fees, maintenance costs, and updates that take place throughout the lifecycle of the system, which can be very costly for you.
Since cloud-based EHR systems no installations, licensing fees and maintenance cost is also very reasonable. So overall costs associated with Cloud-based EHR are minimal comparatively.
With the help of a Cloud EHR solution, you can enhance your EHR solution as per your needs or when your practice grows- without any complexity of system installations. The cloud-based system provides you the flexibility to add more doctors, new patients, different users, and different locations very efficiently and quickly.
With the cloud-based solution, you'll be prepared for expansion and increasing needs of your practice whether your practice is small or large having multiple offices situated at different locations.
Doctors get better and easier access to patient details. Doctors and nurses having a busy schedule will surely enjoy this Cloud-Based Solution to easily access patient's records. Physicians can access the records at any time whether he is on the rounds at a hospital or vacations, access via a tablet, laptop, or even by smartphones. All of this is possible thanks to Cloud-Based EHR.
Providing quality patient care is a cha-llenging and cumbersome work without a Cloud-based EHR solution. If any of the unforeseen errors appear in the patient's report, it will create an awful impression of your health center. Don't worry!!!.....this cloud-based EHR provides you the ability to maintain patient's records effectively.
Cloud-based EHR is maintained off-site, as a result, there is a huge reduction in hardware and software costs. In comparison with the traditional system, the maintenance of the Cloud EHR system is much quicker and easier. Also, its implementation cost is very minimal along with free maintenance.
There were so many positive feedbacks and experiences of healthcare services those who opted for cloud-based EHR platforms and saw the positives. With cloud computing, it is no longer than anyone has to fiddle with the server, IT concerns, have a massive infrastructure, security, and backup, etc. As per the current Chairperson of the HIMSS - Health Information Management Systems Society, Mac McMillan, in several instances, a private cloud is more secure and reliable than its environment. In a nutshell, there are all kinds of IT software organizations and health practice firms, and amongst, few can manage to have their datacentre, few are smaller in size and likewise. In each possible instance, putting and integrating your EHR in a private cloud vendor facility could render better and promising security than the rest of the datacentres in healthcare at present. And yes, it is a much efficient and rewarding solution in the long run than trying to host everything on your own, from a security perspective or operational basis.
Cloud-based EHRS are designed to more easily integrate with other systems, including other EHRs. They are, by definition, Internet-based, making them more flexible. Interoperability is baked into the fundamental design of most cloud-based EHRs. Cloud-based software works efficiently with other cloud-based systems. Most cloud-based EHRs easily connect with other internet-based health IT systems such as ePrescribing, eLabs, and eRadiology. This connectivity is the backbone of the inexpensive, effective cloud-based ambulatory EHR.
So, opt for the cloud-based platforms that are going to be fruitful in the future for sure and maintain the integrity of the data, along with focusing to head on towards a sustainable environment as well.