According to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS, more providers are using Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for their EMRs, thanks to growing confidence in cloud storage, as well as increasingly limited hardware expenses. The report, “SaaS EMR 2012: Is It For You?" says SaaS EMR vendors, such as AdvancedMD, athenahealth, Bizmatics, and CureMD, are growing in prominence.
Research director and report author Erik Bermudez said in a statement, "The SaaS EMR deployment model is becoming more popular for providers who want minimal up-front cost and prefer to give the responsibility of the care and feeding of the software to the vendor. Luckily for providers, there are plenty of good options."
For the report, KLAS spoke with nearly 300 healthcare providers that are currently using SaaS EMR to better understand which vendors offer the most comprehensive solution. Providers identified four key areas that differentiated the vendors: EMR response time, customer support, product quality, and bang for the buck.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.