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:

Cloud Computing v Client Server
  • 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.


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 And considering the speed at which technology moves, a five-year-old system may be outdated before it’s paid off.

No Initial Investment Means Faster ROI

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

A cloud-based system gives you the luxury of securely accessing your system wherever you have an Internet connection, making it ideal for physicians on the go. Not to mention, systems on the cloud can offer better client support – assessing and assisting your practice remotely becomes easy, so you don’t have to wait for an IT professional or hardware delivery.
Access Patients Anywhere


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.

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