If your selected EHR/EMR/PM system requires either a local or virtual server/hosting solution – 4Medapproved Certified Technical Consultants can help. We work WITH your EMR vendor to select, configure and install only the most efficient Tower, Rack and Virtual Server options available on the market.
Our recommended ENERGY STAR qualified servers can save you an average of 30% annually without sacrificing performance. New 4Medapproved Select Servers slim‐form‐factor SAS and SATA hard disk drives use 40% less power and run cooler than older 3.5‐inch drives and new DDR3 memory offers higher performance and an increased bandwidth while at the same time reducing power consumption, lowering power usage.
In addition – in most major service areas – we will also deploy a Healthcare Certified Installation Team to ready your practice with a perfect IT Infrastructure in preparation for your new or improved EMR rollout.
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Becoming more and more popular is the subscription based EMR/PM solution. In this case your software and data are hosted by the EMR/PM vendor. They generally charge a monthly fee per payer provider which encompasses the licensing, maintenance and basic support. You will pay additionally for setup, installation, data conversion, initial training and any additional components (such as patient portal, lab interface, etc).
Advantages of a subscription based solution
Disadvantages of a subscription solution
If you wish to buyout your licenses but not be required to manage a server on your site, you may consider a virtualized server solution. Similar to buying a home while renting the land on which it sits. You will have more control over the data, a fixed licensing cost as opposed to subscription for the license – however instead of managing a server in-house, you will tap into your remote server (situated at a hosting company site) via the web. This process requires some additional steps to create the remote network (best done by a qualified IT consulting group):
Advantages of a virtual server (cloud) solution
Disadvantages of a virtualization (cloud) solution
If you wish to buyout your licenses and have the space and resources to host a server on your site, you may consider a client/server solution. Most EMR/PM solutions implemented in the past 10 years were installed in this fashion. Thus the method is both tested and proven to work efficiently. However, this also means that you are responsible to manage and maintain a local area network and hardware best managed by IT professionals. If you do not have in-house IT support, you can expect to need the assistance of an IT group to implement and maintain this equipment over time.
Advantages of a client/server platform (license buyout) solution
Disadvantages of a client/server solution