While EMR software can help doctors improve their medical practice management, there are a number of questions that need to be considered before physicians invest in this type of technology. For example, one of the biggest may be determining whether a client-server or web-based software can be more beneficial.
One of the biggest differences between the two options is that client-server EMR software is installed on the facility's existing hardware. In other words, directly onto laptops, tablets or desktop computers already in use by employees.
Many medical experts say that using this software as a foundation for a comprehensive medical office suite can make the network faster. This provides obvious benefits, as it can reduce the amount of time it takes for personnel to perform administrative tasks. Client-server software can also more easily integrate with existing devices such as printers and scanners as well as new software that the facility will likely need to incorporate in the coming years.
Since the files are then stored in a centralized location – rather than in a cloud computing system – some doctors find it can be easier to backup files. While this type of software offers may benefits, physicians looking to work remotely to better serve different areas in the region may find it poses some difficulties.
In addition, hard-drive failure, theft and damage resulting from a natural disaster or damage to the physical computer could cause important data to be lost.
To best make the decision, physicians should take some time out of their busy schedules to talk to a consultant that can advise them on which type of software is the best for their organization. By gaining this added perspective, doctors can get the software they need – such as products from Allscripts or Practice Choice – and return to doing what they do best, serving their communities.