We hear a lot about the technical advantages of a cloud-based EHR system, but it’s not always clear how they translate to clinicians’ everyday practice. There are practical considerations to factor in when your EHR moves to the cloud beyond where the system will be hosted. We take a look at the practical changes that occur for physicians when a practice moves to a cloud-based EHR.
No More Barriers
With a cloud-hosted EHR, all you need is an internet connection to access the system. You can now chart wherever you prefer – in clinic or from the comfort of your home. It also means you don’t have to rely on your practice's devices. In the age of COVID-19, many providers found this flexibility to be a distinct advantage, safely conducting telehealth visits while many states were in lockdown.
Overall, the flexibility and mobility offered by a cloud solution becomes a better way for healthcare teams to reach one another and improve communication. Physicians can distribute timely prescriptions and treatment protocols from anywhere in the world, regardless of specialty, effectively eliminating geographic limitations when sharing information. Setting firm boundaries should help protect physicians’ time and prevent increased incidences of burnout. Having an alternative procedure in place to direct patients to alternative care facilities will help as well.
Peace Of Mind
Many smaller or private practices aren’t able to afford the IT staff or software needed to adequately protect against cybersecurity attacks. With ransomware attacks against orthopaedic practices currently on the rise, physician-owned practices shouldn’t be worrying about hackers while treating patients. A cloud-hosted EHR arrangement takes this concern away. The EHR vendor is responsible for the cybersecurity, failover and recovery procedures as they occur. This takes the responsibility of administration and maintenance out of sight and out of mind for the physician, allowing clinicians to concentrate on medicine instead of security issues.