Stacking those hoards of documents into a drawer and sifting through all of them to find for your patient has been a thing of the past. There have been many developments that promote a paperless medical practice, where everything lies a click or touch away from you, as a doctor, and your patients.
One of those developments is the cloud revolution that’s been changing the face of healthcare across the globe, especially in the USA. The concept of this revolution revolves around SaaS, also known as Software as a Service. Many billing companies, Clinicast, to be precise, are now offering cloud-based billing, coding, transcription, credentialing, and many more services that don’t necessitate your physical presence but a call does it all.
Not only that, but shifting the entire record books over to a cloud-based solution doesn’t make for a cumbersome process for them, all you need to do is establish contact with them, and they’ll brief you over the steps to be taken. It was, however, a general overview of what moving to the cloud means for a medical practice, off we go for a detailed look at the modern transformation of USA healthcare.
What Does Moving to Cloud Involve for Medical Practices?
In short, all the operations of a healthcare practice, especially the health records of patients are shifted to the cloud when moving to SaaS. Everything that you or your patient needs gets stored over the servers hosted at your service provider’s office that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime, and from any internet-eligible device.
It also involves the RCM (Revenue Cycle Management) that goes total online, allowing you to see every report of any month the same way you can see other records of your patients and practice. So, in a nutshell, everything there is in your healthcare facility that doesn’t require a physical touch can be moved to the cloud, offering you the following and more benefits disclosed upon moving along the trend.
1. An Expanded and Stronger Alliance
Running a healthcare practice is one of the most collaborative businesses, where everything needs to be interconnected for added efficiency and immaculate results. And that’s what moving to cloud or cloud computing helps you do. It connects all the departments, all the available doctors, assistants, and lab technicians together, which accounts for extraordinary achievements.
You don’t even have to leave your office if need be, a single message or interaction over the software could bring it all to your desk. You and others connected over the centralized cloud-based program can transfer everything in between, irrespective of the nature, size, and complexity of the files.
2. Cost-effective Operations
It’s true that you’d be investing a considerable amount to move to a cloud-based environment, but that’d still be lesser than what you were spending on the server rooms, maintenance costs, mobile apps, data analytics, and more.
The credit surely goes to cloud computing for sparing you the space to host all that into a single platform, requiring you to only drag your mouse here and there and get your desired files from the thousands of them.
It’s not only with the equipment that you’d be saving thousands of dollars but also with the overall monthly or yearly budgets. Thanks to the subscription-based modules of cloud-based software, you don’t have to pay those hefty electricity bills and many other expenses, but a pre-decided amount that does not hold a bigger impact.
3. Convenient Scalability
There are no boundaries in the digital world, unlike sticking to the physical operations, where you can’t even step out of your state. However, with the digital revolution, let alone the state, you can even cross the countries, and if you can manage, onboard the patients from overseas, which is a visible advantage that your practice would get moving to the cloud.
You could host different sessions based on the treatment plan of your patients, and by the way, expect full support from the cloud-computing solutions provider, for they can tweak the programs to be used at multiple scales.
4. Informed Decision Making
It requires no genius to understand the ability of ML or AI-powred cloud-based computing programs that help you manage, no matter what bigger of a data, in a breeze. If need be, you can draw out the data of all the years your practice has been functional, determine the metrics driving your practice outward, and make an informed decision about the future of your healthcare facility.
It’s that simple and effective, provided that you have the patience to understand the functions, features, and KPIs of the newly-implemented cloud-based solution in your practice.
5. Completely Compliant
The cloud-based solutions offered in the market are utterly secured. You don’t have to worry if you’ll still be compliant with the USA or European regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, or HITRUST, for they all help you do that, given their compliance with them.
If you want, you can ask them the evidence of their compliance, and once you have had a look at them, you can rest assured that none of your patient’s personal or health records would leak or see the market; otherwise, you have a complete legal right to take action against them, which has to fall down in your favor.
Moving to the cloud for medical practices doesn’t take many efforts, just a few consultations, and you’d have a complete roadmap of shifting your healthcare practice over to a cloud-based solution in your hand, opening for you new doors of success worldwide. All of this is to enhance interoperability, through which every individual in your practice will be informed of the action per their limitations, reducing error and bridging the communication gap.