What is the difference between cloud EHR and traditional EHR?
Well, first thing to know is that all main EHR vendors have cloud-based versions of the software, most of which exclusively so. We’ve reviewed them here, if you’re interested. Cloud products in general are cheaper and more convenient in terms of maintenance and implementation, so smaller medical practices can get and use one right away. Besides, cloud software is:
- Compliant with HIPAA requirements
- Updated automatically by a vendor
- Accessed on any device in any location (of course, with additional authorization measures)
- Easy to scale
Traditional or on premises EHR require an in-house IT team and complex tech infrastructure. Hospitals pay upfront and it takes months or even years to prepare the hospital and the system. The main benefit is customization, which is critical if you want to make sure that the software serves your needs best. Considering how frustrating and time consuming regular EHRs are, it makes perfect sense to customize an EHR if you have the budget.