In the case of server based technology, the data is stored on in-house servers. The up-front cost of setting up such a system is significantly higher than a web based (cloud based) system. The home care provider will have to invest in servers, hardware, and software.
The home care provider would also need IT staff to maintain and update the system. With the rapid changes in healthcare information technology it is more than likely that the home health or hospice provider would have to upgrade the entire system within a relatively short period of time. These issues aren’t present with a web based (cloud based) system. All that is needed is a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
Benefits of the Cloud
- A web based system doesnt require your hospice or home health agency to acquire or maintain any hardware or software. The entire system runs online and the data is stored on external servers. It is possible to subscribe to such a system on a monthly basis.
- Home health or hospice agencies do not need to commit a large sum of money right at the start. The subscription charge can be treated as another utility bill.
- There is no need for a full-fledged internal IT department. Most of the technical matters are taken care of by the web based (cloud based) software vendor. Any update to the software is also carried out automatically over the cloud.
- A patients medical records can be accessed anywhere and at anytime. It is even possible to access the records on a mobile device ( phone or tablet).
Interesting Facts about the Cloud
- Software as a service (SAAS) has touched nearly all aspects of computing practices. The home health care industry is no exception. For home health and hospice providers, SAAS (web based software) makes a lot of sense as the initial investment is significantly lower than server based software. Remote accessibility is possible with SAAS which is critical for home health and hospice providers and there is no requirement for an in-house IT department.
- HIPAA Compliant – The software and infrastructure is designed to be compliant with HIPAA regulations.
- Use of technology at point-of care has a direct impact on the quality of health care. Technology enables the home health or hospice provider to be more informed while delivering care.
- The cloud isn’t new. In fact, it is very much the same technology that web service providers have been using for years, just more powerful. By creating machines that are powerful enough to mimic sever hundred machines, the cloud is born.
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We are expert at cloud based solutions and also have a deep understanding of server based solutions as well. After weighing our options for the type of solution we would provide, we decided it would be better for our clients to have a cloud based solution.