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Cloud-Based EHRs: Sky's The Limit
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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5/12/2014 | 12:55:54 PM
When will cloud EHR start to penetrate larger healthcare organizations?
Doctors offices have been relatively easy to win over, but how soon is cloud EHR use likely to become mainstream in hospitals and larger health systems. Some hospitals already use the cloud for applications that are inherently web-centric, like patient portals, but using a cloud app for patient record keeping is a bigger hurdle in terms of trust, security, and also basics like application performance with a web client rather than desktop software.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/12/2014 | 11:03:23 PM
Re: When will cloud EHR start to penetrate larger healthcare organizations?
Information security is probably a great incentive for the smaller office of one or more docs. What can it  do in terms of security other than an antivirus package? With the cloud, security concerns are lifted almost completely off their shoulders, and if there is a records breach, the cloud provider that gets sued, not the small medivcal office. It's the same reason small bookeepping companies love cloud-based accounting packages.

 
Stratustician
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5/13/2014 | 11:59:10 AM
Re: When will cloud EHR start to penetrate larger healthcare organizations?
I agree, the privacy of patient information is still one of the biggest hurdles to industry-wide cloud adoption, but the savings alone that will come from the outsourcing of advanced IT services should push enough of healthcare providers to understand the benefits of being able to focus on actually driving patient care instead of spending time and money supporting the break-fix IT daily operations they face.  From there, if enough of these services are streamlined, it will be easier to share back-end systems and promote a more fluid movement of records between providers and shape a fully digital healthcare strategy.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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5/14/2014 | 10:08:50 AM
Re: When will cloud EHR start to penetrate larger healthcare organizations?
Some larger healthcare organizations use cloud -- often private or hybrid -- for certain tasks, including EMRs. However, I think most hospitals are sticking with the major EMR vendors for now. These large organizations have bigger internal IT departments, for one thing, and more complex infrastructures. Cloud allows smaller healthcare providers to securely use more sophisticated technologies, including EMRs and analytics. 


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