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Benefits of Moving Patient Records to the Cloud
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Hospitals and clinics are always striving to find new ways to accomplish the same goal—providing excellent patient care. One way this is being accomplished is through cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) systems. EHR systems make it easier to access patient data and communicate with the rest of your medical staff. Although there are challenges associated with selecting and properly implementing the appropriate EHR software for a specific practice, adopting the right solution will undoubtedly streamline processes, increase efficiency, and improve patient care overall. This blog will outline the numerous benefits of adopting an EHR with a primary focus on patient care.
With the growing concern over privacy and security of confidential information, hospitals appreciate the benefit of storing data in the cloud instead of maintaining it on their own servers. There is less risk of system failures or worries over unauthorized access to patient files. Many of these cloud-based systems have highly stringent security features that are comparable with bank security. Hospitals, clinics and patients can feel confident that the information is as safe as possible with these systems.
The Medicare Access and Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) creates unprecedented financial opportunities for high-performance providers by associating reimbursements to value-based care. Small facilities may worry about the cost of switching over to these cloud-based EHR systems. However, the cost of switching to a cloud solution are drastically smaller in comparison to the upkeep costs of on-premises solutions. Medical facilities can employ a reduced IT staff and reduce the need for hardware funding costs. It not only allows the clinics to compete with larger facilities, it helps them provide better patient care than what would be possible otherwise.
Improved accessibility to patient data
Because health care providers can access information remotely, patient treatment improves. Patients can receive updated instructions and can have their care plans altered more quickly to facilitate a faster recovery. A doctor no longer must wait to see the patient and handle the patient's records to order a change. He or she can read the latest data from the rest of the team and make decisions immediately. This benefit is seen outside the facility as well as within its walls. Patients who must see multiple providers can receive more effective treatments when all providers have access to the same information. When one physician makes a change in medication or treatment, the other medical providers will see the change as well. Resulting in a more cohesive healthcare experience.
With a cloud-based system, hospitals and clinics are not hampered by expansion costs. As the facility grows, the EHR system grows with it. There is less need for updates within the facility, causing downtime or lengthening patient care. Adding new patients or doctors and other staff is almost effortless. At the same time, you can limit who has access to what information, which increases security. Cloud-based EHR programs are gaining in popularity as more hospitals and clinics see the benefits. They are no longer intimidated by the concept and see the advantages that come with implementing such a system.
Universal adoption of EHR is inevitable and moving away from traditional methods is the first step towards augmenting patient care, safety, and satisfaction through innovative approaches. If you need more information on moving to the cloud, please contact us to set up a free initial consultation.
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