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When a hosted solution is the better option

You have a passion for health care and helping others. But when you’d rather focus on your practice, sometimes you’re stuck spending time on security protocols, data recovery and server upgrades. And it’s getting even more expensive and time-consuming in today’s complex healthcare environment.

Stephanie Bodi, Practice Manager at Huntington Urology (NY), found a better way. In 2009 her practice moved IT infrastructure management off-site to Allscripts Hosting Solution.

A hosted solution was right for Huntington Urology for several reasons, including:

Patients come first. The practice stays focused on patient care. Information Technology is a core competency at Allscripts; it doesn’t have to be yours.

Time to cut costs. Good financial decisions are essential to the overall health of the practice. By using a hosted IT solution, Huntington doesn’t buy or update hardware, or maintain a server room with cooling costs. It doesn’t need to hire IT consultants for upgrades.

Done hassling with upgrades. With a hosted solution, software updates are automatic. Huntington always has the most up-to-date version of Allscripts solutions without having to upgrade versions on site. It enables better overall system performance.

Secure, available data is vital. Allscripts Hosting Center offers a Tier III facility with advanced 24/7 monitoring and security systems. It backs up Huntington’s information every night. With high availability (99.9% uptime), Huntington can securely access patient data via the Internet from anywhere.

Not only was it the right decision for day-to-day operations, it proved particularly effective during times of disaster.

Protecting data when disaster strikes

Medical practices can’t afford to be anxious about data integrity, especially in a crisis. Huntington Urology endured two major hurricanes (Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012). If the practice had hosted its own solution, ensuring data security during these crises would have been challenging.

Because of Allscripts Hosted Solution, according to Stephanie Bodi, “We didn’t have to worry about potential harm to our server and all of the patient data stored.”

You can learn more about Huntington’s experience with Allscripts Hosted Solution in a webinar on Thursday, May 16.

Do you use hosted solutions? Why or why not?

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