Newsletter Signup

Get Pick the Brain by Email

Guest Post: 10 Benefits of Migrating from Legacy Systems to the Cloud

Guest Post: 10 Benefits of Migrating from Legacy Systems to the Cloud

Historically, local server-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems have been pivotal for streamlining veterinary workflows, facilitating the management of patient data and smoothing out various operational processes.

However, as the veterinary industry evolves with a focus on mobility and collaboration, traditional local server-based systems are becoming obstacles, reducing productivity and limiting the flexibility of an increasingly mobile workforce.

Thankfully a new generation of cloud-based EMR solutions like Instinct (our preferred PIMS for ER and Specialty especially) are revolutionizing how veterinary practices operate. Unlike their local server-based counterparts, cloud-based EMRs aren't confined to physical hardware. They exist securely on the internet, accessible from any device, anywhere, with an internet connection. This eliminates the need for costly hardware purchases, complex installations, and time-consuming maintenance.

Simply put, it's like trading in an on-premise library for a vast, easily accessible online database tailored specifically for your veterinary needs.

But the benefits extend far beyond accessibility. Cloud-based EMRs are designed with the modern veterinary practice in mind, streamlining workflows and automating tedious tasks. No more paper charts, manual data entry, or redundant record-keeping. Scheduling appointments, generating invoices, running reports, and ordering supplies are all effortlessly managed within a single, cloud-based platform. Robust security features like encryption, authentication, and backups ensure your valuable patient data remains safe and compliant with industry regulations.

Beyond streamlined workflows and enhanced security, cloud-based EMRs offer unparalleled customization and integration. You can tailor the system to match your practice's unique branding, workflows, and protocols. Seamlessly integrate with labs, pharmacies, and imaging equipment, eliminating data duplication and simplifying information retrieval. Leverage decision-support tools like templates, reminders, alerts, and data analytics to optimize patient care and practice efficiency. Finally, connect with other providers and clients through email, text, video, or voice, fostering collaboration and improving communication channels.

At Lucca Veterinary Data Security, we are constantly helping hospitals enhance their security, infrastructure, and team workflows. Let's break down 10 core benefits hospitals can see when migrating to newer cloud-based systems.

How can cloud-based EMR software improve your workflow?

#1 Accessibility: Cloud-based EMR systems transform how veterinarians access patient information, enabling care from anywhere at any time. This shift supports remote work, enhances provider collaboration, and elevates patient care standards. Unlike traditional server-based EMRs, which tether users to a specific location and device, cloud solutions offer universal compatibility across devices and browsers, eliminating barriers to mobility and teamwork.

#2 Efficiency: Cloud-based EMRs automate tasks such as appointment scheduling, billing, and inventory management. Their customizable templates and easy integration with external systems like labs and pharmacies make data management more efficient, marking a significant advancement over the manual and paper-based methods of traditional server-based solutions.

#3 AI Integration: Platforms are increasingly harnessing AI to dramatically reduce time spent on routine tasks, from calculating medication dosages to retrieving patient histories. AI integration enhances practice efficiency, allowing veterinarians to focus more on patient care rather than administrative duties.

#4 Completing SOAPs Efficiently: Cloud-based systems are designed to align with the natural workflow of veterinary practices, enabling real-time completion of SOAPs during patient visits. This functionality not only provides accuracy but also liberates veterinarians from after-hours paperwork, giving them more quality time away from work.

#5 Client Communication Revolutionized: The era of chasing phone calls for basic information is over. Cloud-based platforms integrate client communication tools like SMS, email, online bookings, and more directly into the practice management system. This "vet in your pocket" approach empowers pet owners with instant access to medical records, appointment scheduling, and health reminders, enhancing the overall client experience.

#6 Uncompromised Security: With stringent encryption, authentication, and backup protocols, cloud-based EMRs provide superior protection against unauthorized access and data breaches. Unlike local servers that are susceptible to physical and cyber threats, cloud systems offer the ability to meticulously control data access and storage, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and industry standards. Worried about internal drug theft via fake drug refill requests? This is no longer an issue with modern day security and log tracking built into the new practice management systems.

#7 Scalability on Demand: As your practice grows, so does your EMR system, without the need for additional hardware purchases. Cloud-based software adapts to your practice's evolving needs, offering the flexibility to scale up or down as required. This is a stark contrast to the rigid capacity limits of server-based systems, which can hamper your ability to respond to changing demands. 

#8 Reliable Uptime: The reliability of cloud-based EMRs means your system is always on, ensuring continuous access to patient records and practice operations. Cloud providers manage maintenance and any arising issues, allowing you to concentrate on delivering quality care. This level of reliability is often missing in server-based systems, where technical problems can lead to significant downtime.

#9 Streamlined Tech Support: Forget waiting on hold for technical help. Modern cloud-based systems feature in-app chat support, simplifying issue resolution and minimizing disruptions to your practice. No more picking up the phone to call Infinity and waiting on hold for over an hour while you figure out why your year end reports and close out didn't run properly.

#10 Boosted Financial Health: We see time and time again that there are missed charges on invoices costing veterinary hospitals thousands of dollars (at LEAST) each year in missed charges. The modern cloud-based PIMs ensures all chargeable services are accurately invoiced, capturing revenue that might otherwise be missed. This efficient billing practice directly benefits your practice's bottom line, making "making more money" a tangible reality rather than a mere aspiration.

The transition from traditional, server-based systems to cloud-based EMRs represents not merely an upgrade in veterinary software but a fundamental shift in how practices operate. This change brings veterinary care into the digital age, offering improvements in efficiency, security, and client satisfaction. By migrating to cloud-based EMR software, you can enjoy the benefits of having your patient records and practice operations available on any device and location, eliminating the need for paper charts, manual data entry, and redundant tasks and protecting your data from unauthorized access, loss, or damage. 

As the veterinary industry continues to evolve, the shift to cloud-based solutions ensures practices are well-equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of modern veterinary care.

About Lucca Veterinary Data Security

Lucca Veterinary Data Security helps hospitals transition from outdated legacy systems to secure, cloud-based solutions is not just a step forward—it's a leap towards unparalleled efficiency, security, and growth.

Join the ranks of veterinary practices that are thriving in the digital age. Contact Lucca Veterinary Data Security to discover how we can tailor our IT services to your specific needs, ensuring a smooth, secure transition to the cloud.

Curious whether Instinct EMR is right for your team? Request a demo.