Features Your Next EMR Needs to Have: Feature #4

This is an important feature! Having an EMR that is cloud-based means easier access, less dependence on local servers, and frees your staff to chart from anywhere with internet.

4.  A Secure, Cloud-based Model

If you’ve installed software, you know how much of a headache it can be. EMR vendors—and many software vendors in general—are moving to a purely cloud-based hosted environment. Rather than installing software directly on individual desktops or on a client’s server, an EMR vendor with a cloud-based model allows direct access via an internet connection.

This means no matter the device used, or where a provider may be, universal EMR access is available 24/7 online. With built-in auditing (see feature #9, coming soon), you can also track user access and documentation changes to ensure compliance. Implementation is significantly streamlined using a cloud-based EMR application—with access available virtually in minutes—perfect for an urgent care which can’t afford costly interruptions when switching EMRs.

Without high upfront technology costs, an urgent care can install a cloud-based EMR more affordably by paying a Software as a Service (SaaS) fee to access the software. IT requirements for testing security and automatic software updates are done by the EMR vendor. With a cloud-based EMR, data is frequently backed up, the system is operating in real time, interfaces are more reliable, and the environment is more scalable.

Tip: Reduce cost and time of EMR implementation by considering a cloud-based EMR. Make sure EMRs perform well on multiple devices and web browsers (ask for a recommended list of hardware and internet requirements). Also, ensure data storage is secure and HIPAA compliant.

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Looking for a better EMR for your urgent care? Take a look  at DocuTAP’s cloud-based, tablet-run EMR with workflows and customizable templates designed specifically for urgent care clinics.

This resource was first published prior to the 2019 merger between DocuTAP and Practice Velocity. The content reflects our legacy brands.