Considering the changing landscape of requirements in healthcare data management, the new cloud-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) has seen a rapid growth in demand for various reasons. When Epic systems declared to acquire Mayo Clinic data center for $46 million, it instated the belief the demand for cloud EHR is increasing steadily in healthcare domain.
In 2016, the demand for cloud-based technology solutions that assist medical practitioners to deliver better care while reducing administrative burdens is expected to gain momentum.
What is cloud-based EHR?
EHR is a collection of electronic health data of individual patients or populations. It includes medical history, demographics, genetic history, medication and allergies, laboratory test results, age/weight/blood group, x-ray images, vital signs, etc. in digital format and is capable of being shared across different stakeholders.
Cloud-based EHR allows software and clinical data to be stored, shared and updated in the cloud, whereas traditional EHR systems usually allow information to users that are in the same physical location as software and servers.
Putting it in simpler words, cloud EHR allows accessing and working with data available hosted at a shared online location, rather than on a personal disk drive or local server. All software and information is stored exclusively on an online network (also known as “in the cloud”). Any authorized user having internet connection can have access to this information.
Why demand for cloud EHR has increased?
With the existing demand for cloud EHR solutions, it is expected that the market of EHR will be about $30 billion by 2020 and is only expected to grow further.
This demand is primarily driven by increased need for anytime-anywhere accessible software solutions that reduce errors and increase ease of use.
Legacy on-premise solutions are unable to meet the changing requirements of today’s healthcare sector. They are built on outdated client-server systems that are costly, inflexible and can’t meet the need to analyze data on real-time basis. Such issues pose a significant challenge to healthcare providers who work with complex and disconnected datasets.
As compared to traditional on-site hosted solutions, cloud computing offers benefits such as:
- Cost Reduction
Cloud based software require less development and testing resources, which implies lesser cost for support and maintenance of applications.
- Improved Efficiency
Cloud solutions can automate many business processes such upgrade of systems. Being able to understand the bigger picture in real time allows you to focus on your core strengths.
Users can access applications from anywhere and any device, thus breaking down barriers of geography, thereby improving the speed with which decisions need to be taken.
Cloud-based network can easily scale, accommodate and respond to a rapid increase in the number of users and spikes in demand.
Cloud computing allows applications to run independent of hardware through a virtual environment running out of secure data centers.
Today’s technological capabilities have made it possible to make health records more attractive to end users. Cloud based EHR solutions with visually appealing interfaces and innovative methods of interpretation, analysis and presentation of health records has been successful in improving the doctor-patient relationship.
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