Before you dive head first into a cloud-based EHR for your eyecare practice there are a few things to know and consider. If you're moving from paper or a client-server system, the switch to the cloud could be a big change for your practice. And, if you aren't an expert in technology you might want to make sure that your practice has the details in place to support a cloud-based system.
Being able to understand your software and equipment is going to allow you to get the full benefits so that you can really take your practice above and beyond. Let's dig in to some of the details you should know about the cloud.
Is Your Practice Ready for Cloud-Based EHR?
Understanding the Cloud
Cloud-based software systems are simply systems where your data and applications are maintained on remote servers, and you access your data via the Internet. So, instead of hosting a physical server in your own practice, your software vendor hosts and manages a server for you. That way, you're not stuck dealing with updates, server maintenance, IT costs, or hardware expenses. Plus you can access your system from any device with an Internet connection, not just the devices that you've installed software on.
So, what about Internet requirements?
In order to fully utilize a cloud-based software you need to have a reliable Internet connection. Each software is going to be different in terms of the speeds and requirements that they expect out of your Internet connection. Most Internet providers offer varying speeds of service, so you just have to make sure that you have the package that is the most appropriate for your practice needs.