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The Pros and Cons of Web Based SaaS EMR Systems

Posted on December 30, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

In the ongoing series of videos (I hope you like them), this video talks about the pros and cons of web based (often called SaaS) EMR systems. I’m sure this video will be a bit controversial. There’s just a lot of passion for SaaS EHR software.

One of the relatively controversial, or at least scary, ideas talked about in the video is the idea of your SaaS based EMR vendor going out of business and you losing your data. First, this situation would be pretty rare. In most cases, they won’t go out of business and just turn the servers off and flee the country (although, I’m sure something like this has happened before). In most cases, the EMR vendor is going to sell off to another EMR vendor or something like that. Still not a pretty situation, but 100 times better than just having them disappear.

Of course, check out the section on EMR contracts in this EMR selection e-Book and you’ll have made sure that in your contract with your EMR vendor you’ve worked through what will happen if they go under and you’ll have gotten regular backups of your EMR data and the EMR datbase schema.

Enough of that, check out the video on Pros and Cons of Web Based SaaS EMR Systems.

The Pros and Cons of Server-Based EMR Systems

Posted on December 28, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

This is a short little video that looks at the pros and cons of Server-Based EMR Systems. It gives a pretty good short summary of the pros and cons. One pro is they say that server based EMR systems are faster than SaaS (web) based EMR systems. I think this is becoming less and less of an issue. Both the SaaS EMR systems themselves have become highly optimized and our network connections are much faster. This isn’t a comprehensive list of pros and cons, but it’s a good starting place for those who don’t know much about server based EMR versus hosted or web based EMR.

You might also look at this free e-Book on EMR selection which has a section which talks about server based EMR versus web based EMR.

What is EMR?

Posted on December 27, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today I came across a great series of videos talking about EMR. The coolest part is the way that they’re presenting the EMR info using a whiteboard. I’ve always loved this type of video. In fact, there’s a whole series of these videos and so I’m going to post a new one each day this week for your enjoyment. Plus, I have a feeling that they’re going to drive some interesting conversation as we head towards the new year.

The first video tries to answer the question “What is EMR?” Pretty basic, but it’s only 2 minutes and may be needed in some situations (ie. older doctors and EMR). If nothing else, it’s fun to watch the drawing.

More of these videos to come. Too bad they don’t have one about the popular topic, the difference between EMR and EHR.