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Five Reasons Your Medical Practice Should Migrate to the Cloud

By Higher Information Group | Healthcare

Technology continues to become more and more crucial when it comes to doing business in today’s world. With more work being done remotely than ever before, using the cloud is a must for almost any healthcare facility. Here are five reasons your medical practice should migrate to the cloud.

1. Reduce Long-term Costs

You need to ensure reliable and secure maintenance of patient medical records and other sensitive information. If you’re using traditional data storage, you know how expensive that can be. Buying all the necessary hardware and paying for installation will set you back in the short term. Maintaining it and keeping it running smoothly will be an unpredictable long-term cost.  With the cloud, all your data and files can be easily stored at a flat recurring subscription fee. You only pay for whatever storage you use, and there are no unpredictable maintenance costs to your healthcare facility.

2. Improve Accessibility and Collaboration

Remote work in America exploded during the covid-19 pandemic and remains in place for many businesses, including medical offices. Cloud migration results in increased accessibility, giving you and your staff convenient anywhere, anytime access to patient files and other documents crucial to your medical practice.

3. Boost Security

Your healthcare facility maintains medical records, which you are ethically and legally bound to protect. Any breaches or other loss of this valuable data could result in HIPAA compliance fines or damage to your medical practice’s reputation you worked so hard to build. With cloud storage, you won’t need to worry about the safety of your patient records and other essential documents. Cloud storage providers invest a lot of money into security. As a result, the current infrastructure for cloud security is very advanced. According to an article by CNBC, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) projects that a quantum computer won’t be able to break the current infrastructure until sometime in 2030.

4. Easily Scalable

Cloud migration will give your medical practice future flexibility. With no physical storage limitations on your end, you can have as much or as little storage as you need right now. But what about the future? You can project where your medical practice will be in the next two to three years, but you never know when a unique opportunity such as a merger will come along. With the ability to easily scale up your storage without the hassle of installing more equipment, you can confidently say yes to the offer.

5. Reliable Backups

The cloud can serve as a backup of your medical office’s data. If data is erased in your in-house data center, the cloud will be able to help you restore that data. Acting as a safety net, cloud-backed data can save your practice from the inconvenience and potential compliance repercussions that losing data could cause, not to mention a hit to your reputation.

For the above reasons, cloud migration is essential for your medical practice if you still store all data in-house. Thinking about adding cloud services to your medical office? Visit our technology solutions page to get started!

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