Healthcare is a complex industry with unique regulations and restrictions designed to protect private patient information and ensure quality care. An ERP is an essential component to manage the many clinical and administrative applications and operate effectively. Managing those applications in the cloud further helps healthcare providers unlock the full potential of their ERP, and partnering with a cloud service provider is the icing on the cake.
Here are three reasons to consider managing ERP applications in the cloud with an expert Cloud Services Provider:
1. Disaster Recovery Options
In healthcare, it’s imperative operations must run efficiently and effectively, regardless of technical difficulties. Unplanned system downtime can cause a devastating decrease in productivity, revenue, and patient satisfaction. That’s not including the cost of additional resources to assist with downtime and recovery.
The high costs and risks of traditional disaster recovery are no longer sustainable for many healthcare organizations. A growing number of businesses are abandoning “build your own” disaster recovery solutions for the more favorable cost, risk, and service attributes of the cloud. A modern disaster recovery plan protects mission-critical business processes such as financial reporting, payroll, decision-making, and the quality of patient care, making it a must for healthcare institutions. Managed disaster recovery solutions include data protection and systems recovery platforms that enable cost savings, scalability, and operational assurances without large capital expenditures.
2. Resource Management
The complexity of managing healthcare applications effectively in the cloud can make it challenging to fix the problem promptly, sometimes forcing internal resources without the appropriate expertise to act on it. In a fast-paced, resource-intensive environment like healthcare, re-allocating valuable internal staff to administrative cloud management staff can put a wrinkle in maintaining an efficient workplace.
A cloud services provider ensures your data infrastructure is kept up-to-date on upgrades and compliance requirements, leads strategic conversations, and executes plans, removing these routine, but necessary, tasks from internal teams. This capability helps providers stay efficient because internal staff can focus on using the data to promote innovation, rather than micromanaging its storage, transfer, and ongoing management.
3. Compliance Assistance
Ninety-one percent of businesses have reported that cloud technology helps manage governmental regulatory and compliance requirements1. The cloud provides stringent access controls and high levels of data encryption during transmission and at rest, which help organizations meet strict regulatory standards. But, operating in the cloud requires healthcare companies to stay up-to-date with the latest HIPAA requirements and security standards.
Cloud services providers assume the responsibility of staying up-to-date with ever-changing compliance regulations, help their customers prepare to demonstrate compliance during an audit and minimize data access vulnerabilities within the system.
Moving to the cloud enables healthcare institutions to function more efficiently due to improved speed of service, greater flexibility, and better care. Selecting the right cloud services provider is key to a successful partnership. Velocity Technology Solutions proudly supports one out of every ten U.S. hospital beds and works closely with customers as an extension of the team.
In fact, to help healthcare organizations take the guesswork out of moving — and managing — their clinical applications in the cloud, Velocity Technology Solutions developed Clinical Platform as a Service (CPaaS). With CPaaS, healthcare organizations looking to embrace the cloud can now consolidate their applications into a comprehensive solution. Ensure long-term success and partner with an experienced cloud services provider for the healthcare industry. To learn more about why to manage your healthcare ERP with a cloud services provider, contact us to schedule a consultation!