4 reasons to take your medical records to the cloud
One of the ways that is...
Hospitals and clinics are always striving to find new ways to accomplish the same goal—providing excellent patient care.
One of the ways that is happening is through cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Electronic health records make it easier to access patient data and communicate with other members of the team. Using a cloud system has even greater benefits for the medical facility.
With growing concern over privacy and security of confidential information, hospitals appreciate the benefit of storing data in the cloud instead of maintaining it on their own servers.
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They have less risk of system failure or worries over unauthorized access to patient files.
Many of these cloud-based systems have highly stringent security features that are comparable with bank security.
Hospitals, clinics and patients can feel confident that the information is as safe as possible with these systems.
As the following article looks at, small facilities may worry about the cost of switching over to these cloud-based EHR systems.
However, the savings over time is worth any initial cost. Medical facilities can employ a reduced IT staff and reduce the amount of funding needed for data storage.
Small hospitals like the Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila Philippines proves that facilities with limited IT staff and resources can convert to cloud storage and benefit from its effectiveness.
The same system that was used in the Mary Johnston Hospital was also implemented in the Congo in a four-bed ICU facility.
It not only allows the clinics to compete with larger facilities, it helps them provide better patient care than what would be possible otherwise.
Improved accessibility to patient data
Because health care providers can access information from wherever they are, patient treatment improves.
Patients can receive updated instructions and have their care plans altered more quickly to facilitate recovery at a faster rate.
A doctor no longer has to wait to see the patient and handle the patient's records to order a change. He or she can read the latest data from the rest of the team and make decisions immediately.
This benefit is seen outside the facility as well as within its walls.
Patients who must see multiple providers can receive more effective treatments when all providers have access to the same information. When one physician makes a change in medication or treatment, the other medical providers will see the change. They can access their own data to determine if other changes are needed.
With a cloud-based system, hospitals and clinics are not hampered by expansion costs.
As the facility grows, the EHR system grows with it. There is less need for updates within the facility, causing downtime or lengthening patient care. Adding new patients or doctors and other staff is almost effortless.
At the same time, you can limit who has access to what information, which increases security.
Cloud-based EHR programs are gaining in popularity as more hospitals and clinics see the benefits.
They are no longer intimidated by the concept and see the advantages that come with implementing such a system.
About the author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including health care and finance.
Rackspace surveys healthcare leaders' knowledge of tech
A new survey sponsored by Rackspace Technology has analysed how well healthcare leaders understand technology today, compared to five years ago.
Rackspace polled more than 1400 IT and non-IT decision makers in companies making over $300 million a year in six industries, one of which was healthcare.
The survey asked healthcare executives about the changing role of technology in their area, including the dangers of falling behind, their knowledge of the role of technology, and familiarity with what technology can do to the bottom-line.
The majority (90%) say their appreciation for application technology has grown over the past five years, and 88% now have a better understanding of technology than they did five years ago.
They were also asked about the ways technology helps drive corporate strategies. The survey found that:
* 62% say automation drives efficiencies
* 50% say they leverage innovative technologies like IoT and cloud native applications
* 48% say it allows greater employee collaboration
* 48% say it gives them real-time analysis/customer ‘pulse’
Among the technologies that benefit healthcare organisations the most financially i.e. generating revenue and reducing costs:
* 60% say AI/machine learning
* 61% say cybersecurity
* 56% say enterprise software
* 45% say e-commerce
* 44% say SaaS
* 41% say IoT
Almost half of the respondents (44%) say that if legacy applications aren’t modernised in the next two to three years, healthcare organisations may lose their ability to compete.
Other consequences of delaying modernising applications include:
* 56% say they wouldn’t be able to meet new regulations
* 46% say they wouldn’t be able to scale up IT to meet new demands
* 44% say customer service levels would be reduced
* 36% say they wouldn’t be able to integrate
* 33% say poor staff morale would result from inadequate systems
* 33% say there would be lost productivity
Jeff DeVerter, CTO at Rackspace Technology, commented on the research: “The results of our survey are further evidence that modernising applications through a user lens is not just a ‘nice to have’ from a customer satisfaction perspective, but also delivers a wealth of tangible, quantifiable benefits to organisations.
“Applications are a foundation of customer experience, and it is encouraging to see an increased focused and rising enthusiasm for customer experience improvements.”