When it comes to securely sharing medical documents, faxing is out and cloud computing is in.
Fax servers and cloud-based document transfer solutions have made paperless “faxing” a real and affordable option. Healthcare providers are able to save resources and personnel time by going “paperless” in their medical- and billing-records communications.
More generally, cloud computing allows firms to add capabilities or increase capacity without investing in new infrastructure, personnel, or software. Cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are quickly developing to be a major revolution —and growing fast across industries, both in business-to-business and business-to consumer contexts.
Smaller organizations, especially, are already experiencing numerous benefits. SaaS means you don’t have to make the quarter-million to half-million dollar investment to design the software internally. It also means you don’t have to worry about hardware or software, allowing you to focus on sales and building your business. And if you don’t have to wait for design and development you can realize a profit that much sooner. And finally, a relationship with a cloud/SaaS provider gives you the reassurance of an off-site back-up in the event of a disaster.
Cost structure is an important consideration and may likely help the pros outweigh the cons. While you will have to bear the cost of data transfer fees, data transfer is likely to cost considerably less than managing the data yourself. Further, as your organization grows, the cost to expand your SaaS relationship will be less than purchasing additional hardware and software on your own. Plus, cloud based software typically includes regular system upgrades!
For more information about Apex’s own model, and the award-winning web-based myEasyView® and mySecureBill® solutions, we invite you to contact us to discuss your individual needs.