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EHR in the Cloud Portends Big Shift in HIT

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, February 4, 2014

Goodnight, XP
Adding to this shift is the current sunsetting of Windows XP, that stalwart operating system from the dawn of the millennium, a version of Windows yet unequaled in terms of adoption and acceptance. A lot of small practices are faced with ditching that XP hardware due to the imminent discontinuation of security patches from Microsoft. Although a one-year extension was recently, if begrudgingly, announced.

Chromebooks share a lot in common with zero-client PCs. They're really simple, yet powerful. The computer's browser also has the ability to cache data should there be an interruption in connection to the Internet. During such episodes, don't expect the app to catch every single drug-drug interaction or accept new lab results. But for a small practice, it's just enough technology to get the job done until the connection resumes.

And yes, the desktop and even laptop computers are losing their dominance. A recent study found that more than half of U.S. physicians perform some work-related tasks on a tablet computer. But no one is giving away computers – except, as far as I can tell, Practice Fusion.

Practice Fusion didn't have the best reputation when it was launched. Critics said it lacked features and integration physicians had come to expect on "real" EHRs. But the Meaningful Use program has allowed Practice Fusion, athenahealth and some other interlopers to come a long way in the critics' eyes.

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2 comments on "EHR in the Cloud Portends Big Shift in HIT"


sushant.saraswat (2/11/2014 at 4:22 AM)
Last year has been very eventful for the Healthcare IT industry, with the widespread adoption of HIPPA, Hitech regulations and the approaching deadlines for Healthcare organizations to switch to EHRs have definitely led to some systems being implemented in a chaotic manner without due importance given to meaningful use, also aiding to this turmoil is the constantly changing regulatory landscape. Do let me know your views on this. For EHRs to be really transformational , one needs an system which is flexible, interoperable and can adapt to changing compliance requirements easily. Following up on this, I came across and registered for a webinar on Healthcare IT: Role of EDI in Affordable Care Act Reforms, it looks a promising one http://j.mp/1b4qJC3

Frank Poggio (2/5/2014 at 11:55 AM)
Free hardware, free conversion, almost free software. What a deal! Think about it, this marketing move says a lot about how the ARRA MU program has failed. After three years if the docs are still that reluctant to jump in that you have to entice them with big freebees while the govt gives them subsidies...then by all accounts it's a failed program. By the way if anyone really thinks these are freebees, I have a bridge...