Top 5 Reasons Why Your Clinic Should Be in The Cloud
If your clinic isn’t already operating in the cloud, it is simply a matter of time before it gets there. What many clinicians may not realize is that much of our lives already exist in the cloud. Think about this as you send your next web-based email, complete an online banking transaction or make purchases on Ebay or iTunes.
Below are some key points that highlight why businesses are moving to the cloud, and why you might consider doing so as well.
1. It’s secure.
Cloud computing means that your highly confidential clinical data is stored on a centralized server, not at your clinic. Your practice management software provider is responsible for maintaining the integrity, security and accessibility of the system, and therefore your patient and client electronic health records. Highly complex measures are taken to ensure client data remains secure. Furthermore, storing your data centrally means no need to use highly insecure third party storage devices (USB, email) to hold sensitive data for transferring information to external systems.
2. It’s flexible.
Clinicians like flexibility and, as a clinic owner, I know you do too. Working in the cloud means that you can access your clinical management system and data with any computer, tablet or smartphone, with a working Internet connection, at any time from any place. This is helpful for picking up on an unfinished document, working from multiple locations, while on the road or for collaborating on a live document that may be edited or viewed by more than one person at a time.
3. It’s cost effective.
Cloud computing is more cost-efficient than traditional healthcare practice management software. Instead of maintaining costly hardware infrastructure coupled with the cost of installing and maintaining software, you maintain only a good quality Internet connection. Any device that is connected to the Internet is able to work in the cloud. Use of the software is based on a monthly or yearly subscription rather than buying the program outright.
4. It grows with your clinic.
Operating in the cloud means that as your organization expands to add clinicians and new locations, the software service expands also. Scalability also implies improved quality, since growth will take place on one platform with consistency across the organization. Scalability also means an ease of connecting with other organizations and people on the same system. You experience that now with services like LinkedIn and Facebook. Scalability implies a power to connect in new ways to your clients and your professional network.
5. It’s environmentally considerate.
If you still aren’t convinced, cloud-computing reduces carbon emissions, an accomplishment credited to not using an entirely independent, in-house server. Your clients will appreciate visiting a clinic that makes environmentally responsible choices.
Whatever your reason should be, from a clinical point of view, operating in the cloud just makes sense. At a price much lower than the fading paradigm of hardware and software upgrades, you will discover flexibility and security in moving your data away from a localized server and into the security of ‘the cloud’.
What will be your reason for stepping into the cloud?
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