Since my last column (“Ups and Downs,” April 2012) I have received several e-mails indicating that some of you found that the return on investment (ROI) for the electronic health record (EHR) cloud solution was simply not there, and that you subsequently did not feel comfortable taking the risk of housing your data with an unknown entity at an unknown site. I decided to explore the negative side of cloud technologies a little bit more.
Explore this issue:July 2012
This column is directed toward smaller practice groups rather than larger systems such as multispecialty groups or university practices. Typically, larger entities invest in their own IT staff and experts to guide their decisions.
Choosing a Vendor
When looking for an EHR cloud solution for your practice, one place to start is with a database of cloud technologies, such as the one available at medicalrecords.com/mrcbase. A search of these records, which are designed for ENT practices with three to five physicians, revealed 75 potential web- or cloud-based EHR systems. Filtering for certified products brought the number of results down to six. Cloud technologies for these smaller practices are also called “web based” or “application service provider.”