How Accelerated Technological Upgrades Impact Small Practices

How has your practice changed over the past two years?

The pandemic has forced almost every healthcare business to rethink their technology, and make changes sooner than they had anticipated even months before.

According to The Harris Poll survey, 45 percent of physicians say the pandemic accelerated the pace of their organization’s adoption of technology. More than 3 in 5 said it forced their organization to make technological upgrades that normally would have taken years to implement.

If you’re making changes, you can bet your competitors are too. To stay competitive, you can’t ignore the technological advances occurring in just about every industry we utilize. If you’ve been putting off strategies or updates, you might be at risk of falling behind.

How the cloud plays a part

The cloud is designed to help you be more reactive to your client base. It pushes you closer to automating critical factors of your overall strategy, making you more receptive at every step of the process.

While you might have been implementing cloud processes slowly before, that can no longer be the case. Technology is moving fast; get on board or get left behind.

  • 92 percent of physicians say technology has a positive impact on improving patient experiences.
  • 91 percent of physicians wish their organization operated more efficiently to free up their time to provide more personalized care.
  • 63 percent say the biggest pain point is a burdensome, time-consuming reporting system in which they typically spend, on average, four hours a day reviewing or updating patient health records.
  • 94 percent favor increased data interoperability within their organization, and 86 percent believe the benefits far exceed any challenges.

Cloud computing is only going to continue to grow. It’s changed a lot since it was first introduced and started penetrating the healthcare industry. A decade ago, cloud providers offered basic solutions, storage options, and network proficiency. Now artificial intelligence is taking on an entirely new role.

If you haven’t moved to the cloud, now is the time.

It’s not just functionality; the cloud improves security too

Cyber-attacks within the healthcare industry have soared in the past two years, with 2022 promising to be another record-breaking year. It’s not a coincidence that it occurred at the same pace as technological growth.

Overall, hackers have two goals: disrupt operations, or take data for lucrative gain.

With either goal, operations can’t afford to move slowly after a system is compromised. It quite literally can be a life-or-death situation.

For any practice to thrive today, it’s important to mitigate those risks. The cloud allows organizations to easily store, analyze, and gain insight without worrying about the security of the system’s infrastructure. That falls back on the third-party vendor, and can be a huge time and cost saver for practices, especially for smaller businesses.

But that doesn’t mean you’re still without risk.

Being cloud-based helps you share risk, but you still have to do your part. You still have to understand the role you play in the overall security of your data.

That’s where relying on an IT team can help you with migration to the cloud, ensuring you’re fully protected through transitions as you use the systems for years to come.

For IT Strategy, Cloud Conversion, or Help Desk Services reach out to us at Silver Linings Technology 360-450-4759.