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Which electronic health record system should I select?

Among physicians and managers in small-group practices today, there is no more common question.

But lately, another vexing question has emerged: Whether to install EHR software on servers in your office, or subscribe to an Internet-based system maintained in “the cloud.”

What Is “the cloud”?

When EHR vendors began offering their products via the cloud, many physicians were puzzled. Some think that the cloud is simply techie parlance for the Internet.

In fact, it refers to a method of computing whereby the critical applications are housed in remote locations — “hosted remotely” in tech jargon — and accessed by end users via the Internet.

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