EHR/EMR, Healthcare IT and Medical News from around the Internet 7-6-2012

We hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day, and enjoyed everything July 4th celebrations have to offer. Needless to say, it has been a slow week in the world of healthcare IT and EHR/EMR news because of the midweek holiday. However, due to the recent power outages on the east coast, data security and disaster recovery strategies have come into question.

EHR/EMR Data Security and Disaster Recovery

Web-based, cloud computing software offers significant benefits to the healthcare industry, allowing quick, easy access to computing and large data storage facilities. And, best of all, none of the equipment has to be hosted on-site or in-house, everything resides on the Internet, in the cloud. With the benefits over in-house, client server software and the adoption of EHRs/EMRs, it is no wonder that cloud software is expected to dominate the healthcare market.

According to a recent survey by Bridgehead Software, the market for Web-based, cloud computing healthcare software, including electronic health records (EHRs) like MediTouch®, is estimated to reach $5.4 billion by 2017. While current healthcare cloud software only brought in $1.7 million this year with a meager 4% market share, the cloud healthcare software market is expected to grow at 20.5% a year for the next five years.

As greater numbers of providers adopt Web-based, cloud computing EHRs and EMRs, security and storage concerns will continue to increase. As recent power outages along the east coast have proven, secure and reliable data storage and backup is paramount in the event of a natural disaster for all healthcare cloud software, especially those containing any protected health information (PHI). 64% of respondents to the survey stated that their organizations have a disaster recovery strategy in place; however, the majority of these strategies (38%) have never been tested. In times of disaster, it is imperative to be prepared for the worst possible scenario, and this is no different with healthcare data. For this reason, HealthFusion® securely stores its MediTouch EHR, Practice Management, and Clearinghouse data at several secure data centers across the country.

All HealthFusion data centers operate Oracle servers with redundant power supplies, climate control, Internet connections, and network equipment manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. At HealthFusion we are always prepared for the worst possible scenario, ensuring our providers never have to worry about accessing their data, and, with our iPad-native EHR, providers can chart securely anywhere there is an Internet connection. Be sure to choose an EHR/EMR that is prepared for the future of healthcare as well as data security and backup — choose MediTouch!