Cloud Based EMR Deployment

In an article written by Katherine Rourke titled ‘Ready Or Not, Cloud Based EMRs Getting More Popular’, Rourke exclaimed that “the more she read about cloud deployments of EMRs, the more it appears that something useful is going on.” 


In her article, Rourke stated that, “cloud-based models of EMR deployment seem to be easier and more flexible to use than some SaaS models, as client users most certainly won’t need to download additional apps or even browser scripts to use them.”


I want to clarify that there are a select number of EMR vendors who actually implement cloud based EMR that are considered SaaS.  Some vendors require that you have to download at least some software, but I know of one EMR vendor who is completely cloud based and considered a SaaS company.  Waiting Room Solutions is a completely cloud based EMR enterprise system.  You don’t have to download any software to use their system; All one needs is an active internet connection and for the most compatibility, the Internet Explorer web browser.


On the topic of cloud security, there has been an industry concern that cloud based EMR systems are more vulnerable to cyber attacks and other security risks.  This is not necessarily true.  In the healthcare industry, it is vital that privacy is not infiltrated.  Patient data needs to be protected against malicious viruses as well as blunders by practice employees.  By implementing electronic medical records into their system, healthcare providers are able to gain assurance that their data will be safe without having to rely on their own servers.  Not only does the implementation of a cloud based EMR make security for the medical industry more expedient, it also improves efficiency and patient care by providing a convenient, accurate way for patients and physicians to have secure access to key medical data. 


While security continues to be a top issue for any EMR system, security in a cloud based EMR system is actually better than a client based server EMR.  An in-house EMR system is less likely to be encrypted, ultimately making it less safe.


EMR Vendors that offer software as a service are likelier to have a more secure encryption and control of the data than any individual practice would have with an in-house personal server.


The fact is, with in-house client servers instead of a cloud based EMR, there is a risk of poor training and data vulnerability.  With a cloud based EMR, someone else (the EMR Vendor) has to worry about all the backup procedures.


It’s important to put your trust into web based cloud EMR systems.  The real issue with protecting this data is the question of who is actually responsible for your data.  Someone has to be in charge, and wouldn’t you rather it be a company who knows what it takes to protect your most valuable and private information?