Exploring the Strategic Benefits of a Move to the Cloud
Defining the Strategic Business Goals for an EHR Cloud Migration
Cloud Performance Tests Reveal the Impact of Location
Are Cloud Platforms Fast Enough for the EHR?
Healthcare systems have been exploring the cloud to take advantage of the cost savings and flexibility available. But the migration is not an all-or-nothing process. Many healthcare IT managers are moving in steps, evaluating the success of each application migrated and preparing the next move carefully. The question for many is whether an EHR to the cloud migration should be considered.
This series of HIMSS Cloud Computing Journals will explore the issues faced in a cloud migration and help ensure each step of the journey is successful.
Are Cloud Platforms
Fast Enough for the EHR?
Steady improvements in speed and reliability continue but are they enough?
Created with Sketch. A serves more than 100 million patients. Ellenville Regional Hospital in upstate New York, reports that running its EHR on a single network gives staff in all departments real-time access to patient records. For health systems that will select their own cloud host, after considering the cost of strategic planning and security, the success of a migration ultimately rests on performance. Can EHR data, applications and services be delivered fast enough to support the needs of clinicians? Cloud performance is generally measured by average latency which represents the delay between the time when a client computer requests data and the cloud platform responds. Tests have shown that distance between the cloud provider and the enterprise can have a significant impact on latency with delays of as much as 50 percent when the cloud is at a great distance. nother EHR vendor, Athenahealth, offers only cloud-based EHR services to its network of 56 hospitals and 106,000 providers that