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Pros and Cons of a Cloud-based Electronic Health Record

by GMDP October 17 2021

In this technology-driven world, almost everything can be accessed online. Even your own health and medical records. 

Health innovations such as the Electronic Health Record, or most commonly referred to as EHR, are improving the way physicians deliver patient care. EHRs help healthcare companies save time and money. 

By streamlining daily routine tasks and internal communication, unnecessary burdens will be reduced. When healthcare providers and staff are more focused on the quality of care they are giving instead of just "getting the job done", patients will feel more secure and confident that they are well-taken care of. 

However, some physicians are still doubting whether they will adapt to these digital innovations. There are indeed many considerations in investing in an electronic health record system. Not all system-providers have the same price, quality, design and interface. Yet, despite the differences among providers, the usual storage of an ehr system is cloud-based. Data that is saved through a cloud-system can be accessible online without the need for external storage hardware. 

To further help you understand how an electronic health record system can make your practice more efficient and effective, here are some pros and cons of using a cloud-based electronic health record. Ideally, the advantages must outweigh the disadvantages of an ehr system, right?

Pros and Cons of a Cloud-based Electronic Health Record System

The Advantages 

  1. Cost-effectiveness

Surely, an electronic health record system is not cheap. It is, after all, an investment. But, healthcare providers must understand the return on investment this system will bring. When all of your needed health and medical data is stored online, in cloud-based storage, there will be no need to purchase hardware storage devices as well as storage cabinets and other supplies needed for filing.

  1. Save Up on Time

An ehr system already has its templates. Healthcare staff can easily input patient's' information and will easily retrieve it anytime it may be needed. Healthcare staff don't need to spend so much time on filing and organizing paper records because online folders and channels can now be done with just a few clicks.  

Labor-intensive tasks can be really draining for healthcare providers and their staff. One cannot give the highest quality of care to patients when he himself is not feeling well. An ehr system helps staff with regulating their everyday tasks so they can focus more on allocating their energy to tasks that can improve patient satisfaction. 

3. Patient Portals

Imagine how mentally and physically exhausting it is to answer multiple repetitive inquiries per day. In a cloud-based system, patients can now have a single place to discuss all of their inquiries. Inquiries are now easy to address. 

We need a patient portal now more than ever, because patients can now fill out the needed forms without traveling or physical contact with other people. This kind of portal also enhances patient-engagement. 

When patients have access to their own health and medical information, they become more aware and informed of how they can better contribute to improving their health. 

The Disadvantages

  1. Cyber hackers 

Confidentiality is a priority when it comes to record-keeping. It is important for your electronic health record system provider to ensure that your patient's data is secured because when a system is damaged, operations will be slower.  

You can address this problem by making sure that your system is well-protected by a firewall and other security tools. When your electronic health record system is using cloud-based storage, it will be easier to upgrade and back-up your data.  

  1. Constant System Updates 

Some healthcare companies may be annoyed that their ehr system needs constant updating and upgrading. However, it is important to note that system upgrades are needed to ensure that the system is performing in the best possible way. 

To make the constant updates less of a hassle, though, is to secure that a specific schedule is allotted for it. To be aware of what the updates are changing in your system, and what changes you need to make the update not disruptive to your current workflow. 

3. Adapting to Newer Practices 

The quality of your ehr system also depends on your provider. Which is why it is important to ensure that your provider follows government guidelines and industry standards.

As mentioned before, system upgrades must be constant. To ensure the quality of your ehr system, your provider must give you the complete details of what they are capable of doing and providing. 

The use of cloud-based ehr systems is no longer new to the healthcare industry. In fact, more and more physicians are integrating this digital innovation into their practice.  

Now more than ever, it is ideal for both patients and physicians to make use of an online platform for all of their needs. When data is stored online, physical visits and appointments can be reduced. Hence, it lowers the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.  

As technology advances, the current disadvantages of using a cloud-based electronic health record system will surely be resolved. 

If you are considering integrating a cloud-based ehr system into your practice or company, Global MD Plus, an online healthcare system in the Philippines, is currently having a free 30-day promo. In this trial, you will get to try ALL of their services, and giving your input and suggestions is highly encouraged. 

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