Client Server vs. Cloud Computing
Contemplating the differences between a cloud-based and client-server system doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s an easy way to distinguish how cloud computing is different from a client-server model:
- Predictable, fixed monthly licensing costs.
- No upfront costs for client-server installation
- Better client support and built-in service security. Best of all, cloud-based vendors can assist your practice remotely.
- No expensive in-house hardware, software or servers, so you don’t have to worry about IT maintenance issues.
- A cloud-based vendor may make it easier to meet Meaningful Use requirements through better tracking, reporting, and connectivity.
- A cloud-based Electronic Health Records may make it easier for your practice to meet HIPAA regulations because industry experts, who manage data security for a living, handle your data.
No Expensive Investment
Sure, you’ll own your client-server EHR system in a half-decade. But imagine the costs of software updates, licensing renewals and a large dedicated IT presence. And considering the speed at which technology moves, a five-year-old system may be outdated before it’s paid off.
A cloud-based system boasts the luxury of constant updates with low-set up costs and predetermined monthly fees, which keep your practice on the forefront of health IT.
SaaS, or Software-as-a-Service, represents an operational cost, not a weighty upfront investment accompanied by clunky hardware and the vicious cycle of having to constantly update obsolete software and replace expensive hardware.
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Flexibility: The Cloud Caters to You
The payment model for a cloud computing system adds to its flexibility as well. Cloud-based systems entail low monthly licensing and startup costs, which are great for practices that may not have the capital for huge upfront expenditures that client-server models require.
The level of customization the cloud offers can’t be beat – systems like CareCloud allow users to customize a number of elements, from the favorite tools on a personalized dashboard to color coding of patient schedulers. Modern cloud-based technologies are focused on the user, giving you greater control for a more enjoyable experience.