It’s no secret in healthcare technology that the utilization of cloud-based EHRs is on the rise, especially for small and solo physician practices. A 2015 survey by Black Book Rankings found that the top 20 ranked vendors of cloud-based EHRs for last year scored above 90 percent in overall client satisfaction across 18 KPIs and that more than half of solo physicians currently using cloud-based EHRs reported improved productivity compared to EHRs they previously used.
Cloud-based EHR platforms are maintained remotely and can extend the reach and effectiveness of an EHR for smaller practices. Especially beneficial for physicians who don’t have a home base or travel frequently, these systems offer benefits such as remote patient monitoring and automated, streamlined workflow. Though not the most advantageous choice for most large physician groups and hospitals, they offer decreased costs, easy communication and coordination and 24/7 access to patient information to physicians who are not able to afford a full, server-based EHR system.
Cloud-based EHRs don’t require the upfront investment in hardware and software their server-based counterparts do. Their software costs are fee-based (usually monthly), and only an internet connection is necessary for access to the system. Although these fees can add up in the long run, especially considering the additional cost of remote data storage, their total cost still makes them attainable for practices that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford an EHR system.
Enhanced Communication and Coordination
By using a cloud-based EHR, physicians can quickly and easily communicate with other patient care providers and access medical records, clinical notes and documentation from them using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device. This enhanced coordination can result in fewer patient readmissions, which can reduce putting patients at a higher risk for infection and reduce the cost of patient care.
24/7 Access to Data
Providing physicians with 24/7, secure access to the data they need for high quality patient care lets them perform at a high level while maintaining compliance and complete documentation. Cloud-based EHRs allow them to access diagnostic images, connect to multiple pharmacies to e-prescribe and handle refill requests, analyze patient lab results and vitals and more from anywhere at any time.
In addition to these benefits, cloud-based EHRs enable access to data or the capability to set up a hot site in the event of a disaster because the data is stored offsite. Plus, most of them are easily scalable and usually include built-in interfaces that easily connect to a HIE, laboratory or other healthcare facility.
Syntrix Consulting offers a comprehensive set of services that can help physician practices improve patient care through financial decision support, quality reporting, regulatory compliance, operations management and more. We have experience with a multitude of EHRs, so contact us today to learn how we can help your healthcare organization grow.
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