1. Implementation is much simpler with cloud-based EHR systems. EHR software runs on the web instead of the computer, meaning no hardware or software installation. Practices can prevent interruption of cash flow and get a faster return on investment with an implementation process much quicker than traditional client-server systems.
2. Practices realize tremendous savings from cloud-based EHR systems. One of the largest hurdles for small medical practices is the initial cost of EHR installation. Client-server systems can cost $40,000 or more just to get set up, and then the licensing fees, maintenance costs, updates and patches cost more on top of that.
Since cloud-based EHR requires no hardware installation or software licenses, implementation is a fraction of the cost. Practices pay a monthly fee, like a utility bill, as part of an arrangement called software as a service (SaaS).
3. IT resource requirements are significantly reduced when practices choose to move medical records to the cloud. Instead of requiring a team of IT experts to install, configure, test, run, secure and update hardware and software, all of that is done internally in the cloud by the SaaS provider. Updates are also done automatically in web-based systems, so practices are running on the most up-to-date version available.
4. Scalability is simplified with cloud-based systems. Small practices are able to expand without the standard IT growing pains. A web-based EHR system makes it easy to add new users, doctors or locations. The flexibility of web-based software allows small practices to think big and grow without breaking the bank.