Client/Server or ASP-Based EMR?

Some EMR software is ASP-based, and some is built on a client/server model. Which is right for you? ASP With the Application Service Provider (ASP) model, all data is located on a server at an offsite location selected by the EMR company. While this may seem ideal because it requires you to buy less hardware, there may be some problems: When you use your EMR, you’ll be accessing data over the Internet, and that can make data transfer slow (or even impossible if your connection fails). You will likely never meet the team managing your server. Patient data will be controlled by the EMR company, not you. If the EMR company fails, you risks losing all patient data. Client/Server With the Client/Server model, a server located at your offices houses all patient data, and distributes it to clients, which are simply desktop or laptop computers in your office. This has a number of advantages over the ASP model: Because data transfer doesn’t rely on an Internet connection, it’s fast and reliable. You—not the EMR company—control patient data. The EMR integrates better with your other devices, such as printers and scanners. The EMR better supports integrated voice recognition technology. Your Choice If you’re trying to decide between an ASP-based EMR and one that is built on a client/server model, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each option. For more information about why we think the client/server model is best, contact us today.

Some EMR software is ASP-based, and some is built on a client/server model. Which is right for you?

ASP

With the Application Service Provider (ASP) model, all data is located on a server at an offsite location selected by the EMR company. While this may seem ideal because it requires you to buy less hardware, there may be some problems:

  • When you use your EMR, you’ll be accessing data over the Internet, and that can make data transfer slow (or even impossible if your connection fails).
  • You will likely never meet the team managing your server.
  • Patient data will be controlled by the EMR company, not you.
  • If the EMR company fails, you risks losing all patient data.

Client/Server

With the Client/Server model, a server located at your offices houses all patient data, and distributes it to clients, which are simply desktop or laptop computers in your office. This has a number of advantages over the ASP model:

  • Because data transfer doesn’t rely on an Internet connection, it’s fast and reliable.
  • You—not the EMR company—control patient data.
  • The EMR integrates better with your other devices, such as printers and scanners.
  • The EMR better supports integrated voice recognition technology.

Your Choice

If you’re trying to decide between an ASP-based EMR and one that is built on a client/server model, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each option. For more information about why we think the client/server model is best, contact us today.

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