Advantages of Having Your Hospital Information System on Cloud
Why not having your HIS on an in-house server is a better decision.
Your Hospital Information System (HIS) comes with a lot of advantages but obviously all of that comes at a cost. The cost of space, the cost of technology and the cost of implementation; how about cutting some cost where you can?
Opting for Cloud-based HIS vs. in-house server is an option that has many advantages and is a smart choice while automating your hospital processes. We take a peek into the most glaring advantages of having your Hospital Information System on Cloud and what makes it one of the smart business choices you will ever make:
1. Cost effective
The most obvious reason why Cloud-based Hospital Information System is a smart business choice. As the servers are off-site, it requires no hardware installation and the resultant licensing fees, maintenance costs and the software updates that will keep happening life-long for the software can be cut out immediately. The cost of hardware is eliminated from the equation too. Conveniently Cloud-based HIS only comes with monthly utility fees.
2. Data Security
One of the major concerns in a hospital information system is the security of the patient data that is generated on a daily basis and stored on the servers. Cloud-based HIS takes care of this almost perfectly. The data of the Cloud-based HIS is stored in encrypted form ensuring security. The encryption has high security levels and with practically no server downtime as compared to the on-site servers, Cloud-based HIS relieves the user of any operations problems and data security issues that arise out of the server being down.
In this age of evidence-based medicine, data accessibility is of paramount importance as far as effective patient care is concerned. Cloud-based HIS makes it very easy for data to be accessed from any location or any device. Since it is a wire-free technology, it does not require to be accessed through any particular terminal within the hospital; data can be accessed via proper logins through tablets, PCs and laptops located anywhere thus giving a work from home or clinic option to the clinicians and thereby speeding up the whole process of clinical decisions leading to quality patient care.
4. Reduced IT Requirements
A Cloud-based HIS means that the servers are off-site and all the costs associated with the hardware installation and the associated maintenance is nullified. The easy accessibility associated with Cloud based HIS not just makes data access easy, it also means it is easier to add users, units, departments, services etc. to the master log. This means you don’t have to go hunting the in-house IT team and anyone who has the login with administrator rights can do it easily. This also effectually saves on additional manpower costs spent on maintaining a big IT team to maintain the server, add/ edit the master logs etc.
5. Staggered Investments
Cloud-based HIS gives the hospital management the option of not buying a large server at the onset and blocking up capital. It takes away the risk of projecting the growth of the company correctly and buying a server that will be able to handle the data and operations load of that growth. Cloud-based HIS means the server space can be hired as and when the growth happens. There is no prior commitment and no blocked investment. Invest on server space only needs to happen when the need arises and that too only as an added amount in the form of monthly utility fees.
Cloud based HIS is secure, scalable and cost effective making it the smart decision for automation of your hospital.