Cloud Computing: Panacea for Healthcare IT problems
Clinical, financial and administrative workflows that support healthcare practices have undergone vast changes, transitioning from hard copy to software-based systems. Facing with ever more security and compliance standards, and with Government-mandated changes healthcare organizations (Providers) are undergoing major revamp in their operations by putting more investments in electronic healthcare records (EHR), medical billing platforms & cloud-computing. Cloud-based technology is revolutionizing the way physicians practice, and its applications in other industries indicate its potential in dealing with the administrative and budgetary challenges the healthcare industry presents.
Not to mention, when cloud-computing options are secure, they minimize privacy issues and all but eliminate security concerns. It also democratizes bandwidth and processing power, so organizations can scale their needs. Many more practices are considering the cloud computing option. After all, it’s more than just a buzzword – it’s fast, highly efficient, scalable and usually cheaper.
So why cloud computing is such an efficient way to go for your practice.
Facing Challenges with Advanced Solutions
whether it’s a health system with 400 doctors or a small practice with two physicians, both have the same concerns for coding, security, compliance and privacy. Yet EHR mandates and new regulations and standards are changing the practice management landscape for everyone. All organizations have to adapt. That’s where cloud computing can make the difference. The power of the cloud provides any medical organization the benefit of these advanced systems at a fraction of the cost.
Secure cloud-computing helps minimize privacy issues and reduce concerns about security and compliance. Even small medical practices have access to the same bandwidth and processing power as a large hospital, and can easily scale their computing needs as the organization grows, or as regulations and standards change.
As in any industry considering a technology migration, cost is a major concern. Yet, cloud computing proves much more cost-effective than internally supporting and maintaining servers, hardware, software and technical personnel who are often not experts in EHR. According to leading research reports majority of healthcare organizations that use cloud computing have reduced IT costs by an average of 20 percent annually. But that’s not the only monetary benefit. Cloud computing for EHR can even help a clinic get paid for its effort.
A Brighter, Cloudier Future
Cloud computing can free medical practices from the burden of supporting IT systems in-house, yet enable open access to data, files, analysis and reporting, all within a secure and compliant environment. It’s how cloud computing, coupled with secure hosting and advanced processing, can help the healthcare industry meet the challenges of a changing practice management landscape.