There are two methods of installing and using electronic medical records, Client Server, and Cloud-based.
Both methods have advantages and disadvantages.
|You have control of your server||You do not have to have in-house expertise|
|All files are stored in a central location||All files are stored off-site in a professionally managed service provider|
|You control data backups||Backups are conducted on data stored at the server management company|
|Easily accessed shared data||Less expensive equipment is needed to conduct operations|
|Internet interruptions do not effect operations||Increased security at a lower cost|
|Increased business continuity opportunities|
|Service Level Agreements with the software and cloud vendor|
|Client Server||Cloud Services|
|You have to have or contract for expert admin services||Internet downtime interrupts operations|
|You must contract for expert security services||Increased vulnerability due to cloud footprint|
|The computer equipment is expensive||Your patient data is stored and secured by a third-party|
|Any network failure interrupts operations||Limited control of your data|
|You must make a commitment to data backups|
A smaller medical practice may not have the revenue to maintain in-house computer expertise. Even contracting for part-time services may be an unsupportable burden.
Some of my clients are paying more than $1000.00 per month to have their servers maintained and repaired.
Cloud-based EHR’s make fiscal sense for smaller medical practices. In a cloud environment, you shift the expert maintenance tasks, and much of the cost, to an off-site third party that provides those services.
These companies can provide these services because they spread the costs among their subscribers.
Contact The EHR Nurse for expert guidance on choosing the best architecture for your practice.