Affordable Cloud Computing in Healthcare
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Affordable Cloud Computing in Healthcare


>>Matt: Twenty years ago, most of us could
hardly have dreamed about accessing a patient record from our beach chair while on vacation,
or about submitting a medical claim to a payer in Texas from a palm-sized computer in Iowa.
Welcome to the future. Cloud computing has arrived! If the term cloud computing seems
a little nebulous let us shed some light. Cloud computing is a networking model where
the Internet is used to access data and software applications that sit on servers in a remote
location. Google, or amazon.com are two examples. Data is managed by a vendor, like Nuesoft,
that handles its constant backup and security. Users only need a computer with an Internet
connection for safe and secure access from anywhere, at any time. Cloud computing is
widely used in many industries, from finance to travel and tourism to marketing. But it’s
also a viable option for health care, and particularly for small to mid-size medical
practices. Here’s why: First, cloud computing is scalable. Whether you need minimal server
space or enough to house millions of patient records, cloud servers allow you to easily
and instantly grow or decline with need. That is because the cloud vendor is managing the
resources and can add servers and infrastructure to meet demand.>>Dr. Seyfried: Not having to maintain servers
within the office and deal with upgrades and software has been a tremendous benefit.>>Matt: Second, cloud computing is affordable.
That’s because you do not need to invest in the hardware or IT resources necessary
to keep your applications running, and your data secure and intact. The cloud vendor,
otherwise known as a Software as a Service provider, will manage your backups and upgrades;
make sure that computing loads are balanced efficiently; handle redundancies to your data
AND ensure that it is kept safe and meets all federal and state privacy regulations.>>Lynn Day: It’s essential to our practice
in making us able to respond to our patients faster.>>Dr. Seyfried: NueMD has streamlining our
appointment scheduling and billing, and follow up posting.>>Matt: Finally, cloud computing is ideal
for mission critical health care applications, like electronic medical records. The reality
is that most small to mid-size medical practices don’t have the time or the expertise to
make sure that servers and the data they house are backed up adequately, secured properly
and replicated effectively. Cloud computing is the next evolution in technology. Computers
will be evolving away from hardware with operating systems, hard-drives, and applications such
as Microsoft Word and Excel to smaller machines with the sole purpose of connecting to the
Internet where users will have access to applications and storage in the cloud.>>Dr. Seyfried: One of the great benefits
of the cloud system through Nuesoft is it’s constant availability.>>Lynn Day: When the answering service calls
because the patient needs me in the middle of the night, I can get up, go to my home
computer and still access the software. We can access it quickly. We can access it from
anywhere we need to be. It really has made us a lot more responsive to our patients.>>Matt: Regardless of what is in store for
cloud computing, smaller medical practices may want to consider the cloud as a scalable,
affordable and secure alternative to their health information technology needs.

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