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Must Know Drawbacks of Client-Server EHRs

It is usually assumed that buying client-server software is a matter of one-time investment, but that is not the case. There are many hidden costs associated with client server systems buyers are unable to identify or the vendors do not mention. Despite the fact that some single location practices use client-server systems in the hope […]

It is usually assumed that buying client-server software is a matter of one-time investment, but that is not the case. There are many hidden costs associated with client server systems buyers are unable to identify or the vendors do not mention.

Despite the fact that some single location practices use client-server systems in the hope that it would be more cost effective , there is no denying that client-server EHR software are more costly to install, maintain and support.

We have come up with a number of costs that arise with the usage of client-server EHRs.

What vendors usually fail to mention is that there are several operational costs associated with client-server systems.

More specifically, costs such as initial and upgrades for hardware, operating system, data base and third party software’s can go up to tens of thousands of dollars, where-as Cloud subscription usually account for as much as $4,000 for a single physician in the practice, with $3,000-$4,000 for every additional physician. Moreover, interfacing costs such as those for setting up Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) can reportedly go up to $10,000 for client server systems while they are usually provided free of cost with Cloud systems.

Additional costs such as setting up Patient Portal can go up to $1,500 per provider on average for client server systems with maintenance expenses going up to 5,000 per year for each physician.

If we accumulate all the costs associated with purchasing, installing, maintaining and upgrading a client-server system it will cost much more then what newer Cloud technology offers. That’s why we hear every industry moving towards the cloud or web based systems. Check out all-in-one SMART cloud EHR and save time and money

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