Type of EMR Poll – SaaS, Web Based Client Server, or Client Server

Posted on June 1, 2009 I Written By

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I thought it would be interesting to see which type of EMR setup readers of EMR and HIPAA preferred. If you’re not sure what I mean by the various options, I put a short description of each EMR setup below. Also, feel free to leave a comment about why you made the choice you did.

Hosted Web Based EMR (SaaS/ASP) – This is where the EMR company (or some outside entity) hosts the EMR and provides you access to the EMR usually through your web browser. Data is stored in their location and requires an internet connection to access the EMR.
Client Server EMR (Web Based) – This is where you host the server for your EMR in your office, but you can access your EMR server using a standard web browser. Data is stored on the server in your office, but access to the server using a standard web browser can be available anywhere.
Client Server EMR (Client Install) – This is the traditional model of EMR where you have a server in your office and you install a client which you use to access your EMR. Data is stored on the server in your office and is only accessible from outside the office using some sort of remote desktop connection.