Web-based medical software is becoming more common as practitioners look for a cost-effective, flexible alternative to traditional on-premise clinical software. While there are a number of differences between on-premise and web-based software, many of these differences come from the way your data is stored.
On-premise data storage vs. web-based medical software
With traditional on-premise software, your data is stored on physical servers at your premises. Your servers are either managed by you or by a third party IT provider who takes care of security, upgrades and maintenance for you.
With web-based medical software, all your data is hosted remotely and backed up and kept secure by security data centres and professionals. This cost is included in your software subscription costs so you know what you’re paying each month.
Time and money are two things that are often hard to come by when you’re running a medical practice, but web-based medical software can save you both. Here’s how it works.
Save money on data storage
With an on-premise software solution, you need to set up and manage a physical server. This means you’re facing a high initial cost to buy the server and related infrastructure. You also need a secure room to house your server and this can mean a bigger premises and higher rent. Setting up a server requires a certain amount of technical expertise so for most practitioners this also means getting an outside IT consultant at their own cost to set up and maintain the server.
With web-based medical software, you don’t need a server. Because your software is hosted remotely, all you need is a computer and an internet connection. This means there’s no need for additional space to house the server, or an IT consultant to set it up and maintain it. The set-up costs are minimal and your remote server will be maintained and upgraded as necessary as part of the service at no additional cost.
Save time on data management
Data maintenance and security takes time and if you’re using on-premise software, you will be responsible for making your data is well managed and security is up to date. You will need to spend time on regular maintenance and upgrades and this can lead to downtime and lost productivity.
With a cloud-based solution, software upgrades are automated, so you don’t have to think about them. The upgrades and maintenance will be taken care of in the background and visible next time you log in. This reduces the amount of time you will have to spend on your data management and also means less downtime for your computer systems. Less time spent on data management means more time to spend on patient care.
How secure is your data when you use web-based medical software?
Web-based software is extremely secure as long as you’re using a reputable platform. In most cases, your data will be stored at multiple locations, so if there’s a fire or flood at your physical premises, you can still access your systems. Backups are performed regularly and data centres include state of the art security that is far above and beyond what the average medical practice has on-site.
Another important difference between on-premise and web-based medical software is the level of ongoing monitoring and threat response. With on-premise software, keeping an eye out for cyber threats and dealing with them is your responsibility or that of your IT provider.
With web-based software, you have a dedicated team of security specialists monitoring your data around the clock. Any potential vulnerabilities or threats can be dealt with quickly and effectively, giving you additional peace of mind.
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