Could cloud-based EHRs have detected Ebola?

MedCityNews spoke with Daniel Piekarz, VP of Business Development, Life Sciences at DataArt, about how cloud-based SaaS EHR systems could benefit many hospitals operations.


“Scores of EHR companies are going forward with the cloud-based approach, among them athenahealth, QPID Health, Practice Fusion, and dozens of others. But most hospitals are still wedded to the client-based server approach because of Meaningful Use and the subsequent implementation and investment that came with that.

“With the client-server focus approach, it’s now in the client’s hands to figure out, and I think that’s one of the key issues,” Piekarz said, adding that while Meaningful Use was a laudable goal, “it doesn’t seem to working as well as the industry envisioned, but it’s a great vision.”

“A lot of clients are afraid – can we rely on the internet of this critical part of our business?” Piekarz said. “I think that’s probably the biggest issue holding back hospitals today. I think it’s the fear of being in a system where you don’t control the network that your EHR is on. I think that gets a bit scary.”

The technology is heading in this direction, but it’s not quite there yet, Piekarz said.”

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