So hopefully you already know that EHR software, at its core, saves you time and money by computerizing patient records and helping your staff be more efficient with their time. But to take it a step further, let’s discuss exactly what your EHR software is doing and how it operates to create a more streamlined practice.
The growth in popularity in recent years around EHR software comes from this being a more digital age and the records software is far easier to use and less antiquated than any paper-based records. Also details on client data security have drawn practices towards EHR software.
Not implementing these systems at this point in time means that you are behind the 8-ball in getting your practice at the same technological level as competitors in your field. This could ultimately result in irreparable damages to your practice.
So, if you now have a sense of the level of importance your software system can provide, let’s now talk about your choices. It comes down to two main options – Cloud-based and client server based EHR systems.
If you have a predictable patient population, meaning you aren’t expecting to have a dramatic rise in new patients, then the client server could be a viable option. That way, your IT department is able to predict and have a good understanding of how much server space you will need for patient records.
If you find yourself constantly growing, then maybe a cloud-based EHR system is your best bet. One primary benefit of cloud-based systems is that you can regularly restore patient information from the cloud in the event of any sort of catastrophic failure.
If you’re at this point in the article and still don’t know how to make a decision on EHR software systems, hopefully reading through these succinct points will help put things in a straight-forward manner:
- Any reliance or commitment to paper-based medical/patient record systems positions your practice far below any practices that have implemented modern, computer-based medical practices.
- The streamlining of your practice will become obvious and much appreciated once EHR software systems have been brought into the mix.
- You can choose the EHR software implementation that works best for you and your practice; cloud-based or client server. After going through the pros and cons above, hopefully you know which is more beneficial for your practice.
- Patient satisfaction can increase after EHR software is thrown into the mix. Imagine going to your doctor’s office and not having to fill out a mountain of paper work. A patient portal in your software system can result in added patient efficiencies as well as just ones within your practice.
So hopefully after reading all of this, you have a lot more knowledge about the decisions one must make when considering EHR software. At American Medical Software, we have a team of experts that can answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today for any additional information. Plus, you can get a free 5-minute demo to see how our comprehensive UltraCharts™ system can streamline your practice.