Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient's medical history from one practice. An EMR is mostly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment.
Which type of EMR solution is best for your practice, local vs. hosted. This is a very heated subject matter that EMR vendors battle over constantly. However both have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
"Hosted" EMR (also called web-based) is a system that is housed elsewhere and it typically accessed via a web browser.
Speed – The datacom speed of the locally hosted system will always be faster. You are accessing data from a server down the hall, not perhaps thousands of miles away. This is especially true when scanning large files into the system.
Internet Independent - If the internet goes down (and we all know that is does) you are not dead in the water. For the most part you can continue to work as usual while your colleagues with the hosted system can do nothing but get angry at the internet.
More control over timing of software updates – When you have your system locally housed you (not the vendor) control when the updates and patches are applied. This can be a nice perk especially considering updates can be very time consuming and completely take down a system for a period of time.
Ownership of data – With a locally hosted system you have complete control over your medical data.
Customizable – Typically a locally hosted system is more customizable specific to your practice than the hosted option.
You own the system – Although you pay more upfront, in the end you actually own the system and are not obligated to the revolving monthly costs that can be incurred with hosted EMR systems.
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