We've seen that patients data privacy and liability are two top concerns for PTs as they relate to the adoption of cloud-based EMR systems. Typically there is concern about information getting “hacked” online. We’re here to tell you there’s no need to worry. Cloud computing can actually make your dreams come true.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has released a report on HIPAA violations last year. Michael Koploy from Software Advice shared this data with us and crunched some numbers:
- 6,800 paper records that were supposedly mailed but never received
- an impostor posing as a recycling-service employee stealing over 1,300 individuals’ records and films
- a laptop stolen by a former employee that contained personal health records of over 50,000 patients
As Michael concluded in his article “HHS Data Tells the True Story of HIPAA Violations in the Cloud,” hacking electronic records is not the major concern for “stealing” patient data. The real problem? Medical professionals losing their hard drives or lost paper records. Is inadvertently leaving your laptop in an unlocked car a potential risk? Sure. It’s more of a risk than someone hacking data hosted in the cloud. Patient data stored in a secure cloud environment is safer than paper records or even local devices.
It gets better. With a cloud-based EMR system, you no longer have to worry about software upgrades or compliance updates. All that hassle is managed virtually by your provider to ensure patient data privacy. Additionally, data stored in the cloud is not subject to physical disasters such as fires or floods.
Want to consider more of the pros and cons of EMR? Check out our article on best practices here. For more information about our twice-daily backups and how WebPT is as secure as your online banking, check out the WebPT FAQs.
At the end of the day, you can sleep sound knowing that your patient health information is safe and secure. Sweet dreams!