What is Client Server based EMR?
As opposed to web based EMR software systems, client-server based EMR software systems are based on a client-server architecture wherein the application workload is shared between the server and the client. The piece of software that resides on the client handles most of the presentation while also doing some limited local processing, thereby lessening the workload of the server. This division of work between the server and the client speeds up the processing significantly. At the same time, depending on the design of the local network, it is not unusual to experience speeds of 100 Mbits/sec. You also get control over data which is missing when you opt for web based EMR systems.
Advantages of Client Server based EMR
- Extensive customization possible: It is very likely that the client server based EMR software systems will offer many opportunities for customization.
- Interfaces: The market has been maturing with many third parties offering interfacing pieces of software that will allow your practice to interface your EMR system with other software and devices installed in your practice thereby allowing you to better automate the clinical and administrative processes in your practice.
- Control: The server is hosted locally in your premises and you have total control over the server and data.
- Total investment: Since all you incur is a one-time fee in addition to the annual maintenance fee, total cost incurred by you would be lower than the fee incurred by opting for web based EMR software.
- High speed connectivity: You require limited connectivity with the internet and it is confined to any external interfaces with laboratories, Surescripts, etc.
- Charting speed: Since all your hardware is local, you will find that you can chart at great speeds without getting hampered by network bottlenecks.
Disadvantages of client server based EMR Software
- Initial investment: You have to not only make an outright purchase of the application software, you also need to invest in buying expensive hardware and software (servers, workstations and databases) and networking your office, initial investment is therefore high.
- Security: The security enforced in small clinics is often suspect and can not match the security that hosted EMR solutions can ensure.
- Server maintenance: You are responsible for ongoing maintenance of the server. You will need to employ a professionally competent IT company for monitoring and maintaining the server and other hardware.
- Data protection: You are responsible for ensuring that your data is protected against hardware and software failures. This requires use of expensive fault-tolerant server and sophisticated data backup software.
- Installation of upgrades: You are responsible for ongoing installation of software patches and upgrades. Even though, more often than not, the upgrade is easy, things do get astray at times and therefore you need to incur ongoing expenses in hiring the services of a IT company.
- Multiple locations: If you operate from multiple locations, then you may need to create a dedicated WAN which will be quite expensive.
Choosing an appropriate EMR Software deployment
Technology is forever evolving and whatever seems unpractical today can become feasible tomorrow. When you work with RevenueXL, our professional consultants will present you with all EMR software deployment options with pros and cons so that you can make your own most well informed and final decision.