According to a 2014 survey by HIMSS Analytics, 86% of healthcare organizations say they’re already using cloud services, and 67% say they’re using cloud-based applications.
The report indicates the three most common uses of cloud technology are:
- Hosting of clinical applications and data
- Backup and data recovery
- Health information exchange
Buy why should you switch to the cloud? Why not install something on your own server and manage it in-house?
Minimized Upfront Cost: Most cloud software is licensed on a subscription basis, which means instead of paying thousands of dollars for a perpetual license, you pay a fee for access per month. Since cloud applications are hosted remotely, there are no physical server requirements, which means implementation also goes faster and costs less.
Increased Mobility and Collaboration: Rather than installing software on a physical hard drive, cloud applications are typically accessed by logging in through a web portal. That means providers can access the information they need from any location and device. Whether you’re in the office, traveling, or administering an at-home visit, cloud software helps you maintain continuity of care by staying connected to patient and procedural data.
Outsourced IT Maintenance: When you subscribe to a cloud-based application, the vendor usually agrees to manage all IT maintenance, including bug-repair, updates, patches, and security. That can make a huge difference for a smaller practice with limited (or no) IT resources — saves time, saves money, frees your staff to focus on delivering care and improving the patient experience.
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already considering a move to cloud-based software. But you may have invested a lot in your current solution, so don’t take the decision lightly: gather the necessary stakeholders and figure out how much a cloud solution could save your practice each month, after operational expenses.