Is your staff (physician) able to access patient clinical data (EMR) from any computer and any internet/web browser (no Citrix, remote desktop or terminal service software needed)?
Yes (true SaaS)
No ( either ASP, client/server or hybrid EMR)
Are EMR updates/upgrades from vendor installed at once and immediately available to ALL other SaaS EMR vendor clients?
Yes (true SaaS)
No (either ASP, client/server or hybrid EMR)
SaaS EMR – Software as a Service electronic medical record (EMR). EMR product deployed in a practice in which server(s) are owned by the service provider and hosted remotely (off-site). The only requirement for accessing clinical data stored on off-site server(s) is an internet connection/internet browser, regardless of computer’s location. The service is a multi-tenant offering. The vendor installs EMR updates/upgrades at once and these are immediately available to all SaaS EMR vendor clients.
ASP EMR – EMR data is stored on server(s) which is hosted remotely. The clinical data stored on server(s) is accessed through the internet browser and additional remote access software (i.e. Citrix). Only those computers with Citrix or some other type of remote desktop/terminal service software installed can access the clinical data on remote server(s).
Client/Server EMR – EMR data is stored on a server(s) that is housed and located within the walls of the physician practice. System maintenance and updates are conducted in the office.
Other points to consider before buying EMR Software:
Software updates – Typically, a client/server EMR vendor charges for any major upgrade, such as compliance with Stage II of Meaningful Use.
Other add-ons (separately they can cost quite a bit) such as
integrated eFax, which makes the office workflow very smooth
integrated appointment reminder service
Practice website for new clients and new patients searching the internet
Patient portal for bringing efficiency to patients and practice
Integrated insurance eligibility
Unlimited claims, and true integration with clearing house. Clearing house reports must be accessible from within the system without going to the clearing house website to access rejections etc.
Truly integrated EMR, PM and Billing systems are developed from ground up on a single database ensuring data integrity.
Here’s an interesting statistic related to independent practices: 23% feel that everything is okay with their collections.