According to a report published by KLAS, software-as-a-service (SaaS) medical informatics systems are becoming increasingly popular with many care organizations, reports Healthcare IT News.
Researchers at KLAS surveyed approximately 300 healthcare organizations currently using SaaS medical informatics technology, and asked respondents to rate their systems based on four factors: product quality, customer support, response time and overall return on investment. Several products were featured in the report, including clinical informatics solutions from vendors such as Bizmatics, CureMD, MedPlus/Quest Diagnostics, MIE, OptumInsight and Practice Fusion.
Results of KLAS’ “SaaS EMR 2012: Is It For You?” survey indicate that advances in data security – such as advanced encryption, lower operating costs and ease of implementation – have driven interest in cloud-based clinical informatics networks.
Heightened interest in data storage and information warehousing were also identified as features that many healthcare providers found appealing about cloud-based medical informatics solutions.
“The SaaS EMR deployment model is becoming more popular for providers who want minimal up-front cost and prefer to give the responsibility of the care and feeding of the software to the vendor,” Erik Bermudez, KLAS research director and author of the report, told the news source. “Luckily for providers, there are plenty of good options.”
As many providers seek to embrace healthcare IT such as medical informatics systems, startup costs and infrastructure expenditure are frequently cited as obstacles to clinical informatics adoption. However, cloud-based electronic health records could change the healthcare IT landscape for smaller physician practices, according to news blog Power Your Practice.
Ease of implementation, significant reductions in costs, greater accessibility and scalability are among the key benefits of cloud-based medical informatics systems, according to the news source. Since many SaaS providers handle the migration from paper records to digital archives, smaller physician practices can focus on caring for their patients instead of overseeing complex and potentially costly healthcare IT infrastructure projects.