With so much buzz around cloud-based solutions, it’s easy to forget that hosting an EHR on site can still be a desirable option. Maintaining a certain amount of control is sometimes preferable to implementing a cloud system, especially for larger practices or those with experienced IT professionals on staff. Here are the top advantages to implementing a client server EHR if you’re thinking this option could be right for you:
Restricted Personnel Access
Physicians must be connected to the client server in order to access the EHR. This means any remote access from home devices will need to be set up by your local IT professionals. Restricting access is often viewed as a drawback; however, restricting access to only those devices that are specifically approved by your IT team can potentially draw clearer boundaries between work and home.
Some practices may prefer this setup as providers struggle to maintain work-life balance. Additionally, restricting EHR access to your practice can help you quickly and easily identify when a security breach has occurred. If home access to sensitive data is a concern for your practice or employees, a client server EHR might be a viable option.
Data is stored and managed at your practice, rather than by the EHR vendor. Servers located on site allow for instant access to your data, meaning you need to protect and maintain the physical location of the servers. Your local IT professionals are responsible for manually backing up all files in the system on a regular basis.
Rather than relying on the EHR vendor to backup data, secure patient files, and update the system, your IT team can accomplish these tasks according to your practice’s specifications. If your organization has specific needs or access issues in terms of the way your data is stored or managed, the client server EHR system will be tailored to your practice. If you have an experienced and reliable IT team already at your disposal, you might prefer to have them manage your system.
Reliable Data Access
One of the biggest advantages of a client server EHR is reliable, immediate access to your data. If a cloud EHR system crashes, the vendor is responsible to fix the issue system wide, including many medical practices across the country. If your vendor doesn’t communicate with you quickly and consistently, it can be a frustrating experience to feel like you don’t know when or if issues will be resolved.
With a client server EHR, your in-house IT professionals should be able to alert you to any issues as they occur. With the most current information available at their fingertips, they can work with your EHR vendor to get issues fixed right away, and you won’t have to worry as much about having a reliable internet connection to keep charting.
It’s clear there are some good reasons to go with a more traditional, client server EHR. However, it’s important to keep in mind that increased control also means increased responsibility. Your IT professionals will need to be highly reliable and experienced, as well as current on the latest maintenance, security standards and updates to your hardware and software. But with a team you can trust, the control and access you gain can be tough to pass up.
We offer both client server and cloud options to suit your needs: