When selecting an Electronic Health Record (EHR) for your practice, your team will face many important decision points. Aside from the actual solution used, the EMR hosting plan is one of the most key decisions that will impact the clinic for the lifecycle of the product. The evaluation team will need to consider whether a locally-hosted, or on-premise, solution best meets your needs, over a cloud-based option. When EMR vendors talk about hosting options, they are referring to where the actual EMR database resides. Are your staff going to be connecting to a server on-site at your clinic, or will they be connecting over the network to a server residing at another location.
These options may be difficult to compare side-by-side, as there are several risks and benefits to consider.
> An on-premise EHR solution puts you in control of the hardware. Typically, upgrades can be completed on your own schedule.
> An on-premise solution means that you are not relying on your network. For remote locations that occasionally lose Internet access, this means you will still have access to your EMR.
> A hosted EHR solution will lessen the burden on your IT staff. Your vendor’s EMR analysts are responsible typically for the upgrades, patches, and general support for the application.
> A hosted solution often means that you are sharing costs of an environment with other clinics, so in some cases, it may be a more cost-efficient model.
Some EMR vendors can offer both scenarios. The hosting model maybe cheaper initially, as you will not need to invest in the significant hardware resources upfront.
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