To understand how the cloud improves the use of EHR systems for orthopedic practices, it is first important to understand what cloud-based EHR software is. So, let’s dive right in. We’re going to look at the ins-and-outs of cloud-based software, including what it is and how it can bring benefits to you as an orthopedic physician.
What Is Cloud-Based EHR?
There have been many factors over the years that have threatened our nation’s healthcare system, many of which have caused the system to nearly go bankrupt. This is why software concept designers have constantly been on the lookout for innovative solutions to enhance the delivery of healthcare services. As these designers first started looking into cloud-based technology, they immediately noticed that dramatic transformations could take place if the cloud-based software was created, tested, and deployed using the right processes. Not only were these transformations going to improve the delivery of healthcare services, but they were also going to ensure higher levels of quality care for patients on an individual basis.
EHR systems that are cloud-based present four major advantages:
These systems are able to maintain patient health records using cloud servers, making them easily accessible to any physician that has the appropriate permissions; this leads to better quality care. And not only does cloud-based software provide better access to patient files, but this type of technology has massive data mining capabilities, which allows administrators to scrutinize their healthcare processes for strengths and weaknesses. It also allows them to mine the information and identify individual patterns relating to each patient, including those related to:
- Behavior patterns
- Potential drug interactions
- Health risk factors
Benefits of Cloud-based EHR Systems for Orthopedic Physicians
Probably the most notable benefit of cloud-based EHR systems is that they can be customized according to the type of care being given. For orthopedic physicians, these customizations have revolutionized their operating practices. Herbert Alexander, MD, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Internet Communications Chair, told Orthopedics Today that “After having a totally electronic office for two years, I would never go back to using paper charts, as EMRs have improved my efficiency and quality of care. Life is better with an EMR.” His statement goes right along with many orthopedic practices that have made the switch to cloud-based EHR systems. The three areas that benefit the most from a cloud-based system are:
- Patient care
Orthopedic practices that make the switch to cloud-based EHR systems are finding it advantageous that they don’t have to invest in costly hardware or software. In fact, implementing a cloud-based system is quick and efficient, giving orthopedic practices an excellent way to achieve a high and fast ROI. Another benefit of these systems is that they maximize both space and time. There is no need to install and maintain an internal server. More so, there is no need to worry about data loss or corruption. Security protocols are held to the highest standards with cloud-based technology because these EHR systems must stay in compliance with HIPAA regulations; bank-level encryptions are used to protect the data and in the event that a breach occurs, the data becomes unreadable. And as long as there is access to the Internet, patient data can be accessed from anywhere, which further optimizes an orthopedic office’s use of time in relation to accessing pertinent patient information.
Making the Switch to Cloud-based EHR Systems
If your orthopedic office is making the switch to a cloud-based EHR system, training will be crucial. Fortunately, though, cloud-based EHR system service providers often provide training free of charge as well as free unlimited support. Better yet, if your orthopedic office goes into crisis mode, your vendor can remotely access your system and provide the support needed to ensure your office continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.