Before we begin with the advantages that browser or web based EMR software can provide, it’s important that we compare it with its alternative, the client server based EMR system. The basic difference between the two is that client based electronic medical record system is hosted at the provider’s site while browser based systems are hosted on the Internet by a third party. To be fair both systems have their pros and cons, here we will try to look into them in some detail to form an idea about which system would serve as the ideal solution in your case.
If you opt for a client based records system you will have more control over your medical records and would not have to rely on an internet connection for accessing them. The problem with these systems is that they can be significantly more expensive compared to a web based system. In fact right at the establishment you would require paying for the server and requisite software. Once you have got them established and running, you will need to spend regularly on maintenance. If you are someone who travels frequently or works from different locations, you would need to always make sure that you are carrying the required data as you won’t be able access them from a remote location.
A web based EMR system offers significant benefits over a client based one. First of all it is significantly cheaper compared to client based medical records system. The costs are uniformly low whether you consider the setup or maintenance. This is because this system does not require investing into expensive hardware or software. The maintenance is the responsibility of the hosting vendor and is carried out by trained IT professionals. Moreover when you use a web based medical records system, all your medical data gets backed up online and you will be able to access them from any spot across the world with the only requirement being an internet connection. You do not have to worry about the security and privacy of your medical records as the hosting vendors take all the necessary security measures. However no system is full proof and a web based EMR system has its flaws, since it relies on an Internet connection to provide service, if you are at a place where there is no internet connection you will not be able to access your records.
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