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Cloud performance tests reveal the impact of location

Tests have shown that distance between the cloud provider and the enterprise can have a significant impact on latency with delays when the cloud is far away.

Gus Venditto | Jul 26, 2018 06:07 pm

Performance is one of the most important considerations for healthcare IT professionals when considering the feasibility moving their EHR system to the cloud.

If a cloud-based EHR isn’t fast enough to meet the needs of hospitals and other medical facilities, quality of care will suffer, clinicians and support staff will become frustrated, and provider organizations operating on thin margins will have wasted valuable IT dollars on inadequate technology.

Several industry trends make it clear that providers are increasingly confident cloud-based EHRs can deliver data and applications at sufficient speeds because vendors have dramatically reduced latency. Epic Systems, the largest EHR vendor in the U.S., began offering cloud services in 2014 to medical groups and small hospitals. The company said in 2016 that it has seen a big shift among its customers toward cloud-based systems. One of those customers is University of California San Diego Health, which announced in August 2017 that it is migrating its Epic EHR to the cloud.

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