The rapid advancement of digital technology has impacted all of our lives in some way, and it’s no different in a chiropractic setting. The development of technologies including Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) has helped transform how healthcare organizations operate.
PACS has proven itself to be a crucial tool for chiropractors, radiologists, and physicians alike, by allowing them to quickly and easily share digital diagnostic images. Along with being an invaluable technology in it’s own right, PACS is now evolving to be a cloud-based solution. This shift to cloud-based systems provides chiropractors with a wide range of benefits, some of which we’ve outlined below.
Benefits of cloud-based PACS for chiropractors
1. Flexible access to records
By having a cloud-based PACS solution, chiropractors and healthcare teams can gain unlimited secure access to their PACS from any location with internet access. The ability to work from anywhere and provide flexibility to the workforce by providing convenient and instant access to patient reports and images, including on portable media devices. As well as benefiting healthcare workers, cloud-based PACS also allow patients to have tests performed in different locations as images can easily be shared digitally.
2. Daily backups and emergency protection
By relying on in-house servers, chiropractic offices are putting themselves at risk as data can be lost forever in the event of theft, fires or flooding. Fortunately, with cloud-based PACS solutions you can be protected in the event of an emergency. With daily backups you can be assured that the bulk of your patient records and imaging will be retrievable from anywhere at any time.
When migrating to cloud-based PACS solutions, your current software and data can usually be transferred to a web server located in a remote data center, allowing you to access them easily at any time. A redundant server should also be set up to back up the primary server, should the primary server stop functioning for any reason the redundant server will automatically go live so you can keep working with minimal disruption. The peace of mind that patient records and images can be quickly recovered using cloud-based PACS is priceless.
3. Improved data management
A significant benefit of using a cloud-based PACS solution for chiropractic is data management and efficiency. As PACS keep electronic records of all previous results, duplicate images are drastically reduced. This record of a patient's history also allows chiropractors to provide a more accurate diagnosis more quickly.
4. INcreased Time efficiency
Chiropractors and administrators are busy people and using an in-house server can be a nightmare, especially when something goes wrong and they have to spend time troubleshooting or calling for help. When an in-house server goes down it can wreak havoc on business operations, regardless of the impact on licensing and system security.
Cloud-based solutions offer a time efficient and effective alternative. By utilizing hosted servers, cloud storage and a reputable software management company, time-consuming hassles are alleviated and passed onto an experienced team.
By switching to a cloud-based solution, you’ll also never have to worry about upgrading IT equipment, operating systems, or scheduling server maintenance. Additionally, by using a cloud-based solution and storing your data in a data center, you can rest assured your data is protected from viruses.
5. Ease of use
User-friendly interfaces are part and parcel of a good cloud-based PACS solution. Storing and organizing data is incredibly simple with a centralized database that’s accessible from anywhere with internet access.
Cloud-based PACS solutions are an invaluable tool for chiropractors and elevate the PACS experience to improve flexibility for practitioners and patients, provide data protection with daily backups, improved data management with historical record keeping, provide greater time efficiency and ease of use.
If you’re not already using a cloud-based PACS solution, it’s worth making the switch. Get in touch with us today to get started.