Does Your Practice Have A Strategy for Replacing Legacy Systems?
The question of what to do with legacy hardware and software is becoming a challenge for the Healthcare Industry. The good news is, you have options. The key to making the best decision for your Hospital or Medical Practice is to get educated on available options.
Three options to consider for determining the destiny of your legacy EHR Systems include integrating the old data into your new EHR, maintaining both the old and the new system independently, or going live with your new EHR while virtualizing the legacy data for real time access to the old data anytime, from anywhere, using any device.
Let's explore these options.
1. Integrate the legacy data into your new EHR
Although this seems like an obvious solution, there are challenges to this option. First, legacy data integration with new EHR systems can be extremely time-consuming. Maintaining data integrity is often a problem during integrations. Moreover, it is often cost-prohibitive to go through the process of migrating many years of patient data into a new EHR environment. For these reasons, many hospitals and medical practices look for alternatives.
2. Maintain Legacy System & Implement New EHR
This option provides a faster time to production with the new EHR system. However, there are two main drawbacks to this option that should be taken into consideration. First, the costs associated with maintaining licenses for legacy EHR software can be reason enough to dismiss this option. This cost can be evaluated by determining how many years the legacy data will need to be accessed. Hardware costs can play in to the equation as well, as it may need to be replaced over the life of maintaining the legacy software. The ongoing support, maintenance, and licensing of legacy software and hardware can prove prohibitive.
3. Virtualization of Legacy DataThe ideal solution for a growing number of hospitals and medical practices, particularly those acquiring other medical practices that often use different EHR systems, is migrating the legacy systems to a virtual environment. This option allows the legacy hardware to be eliminated since the legacy software now runs on a virtual platform. Virtualization allows portability, accessibility, and scalability. The migrated legacy system can be virtualized on modern, high-end systems which can be easily upgraded over time, at a lower cost, and without downtime. Resource utilization is increased, and costs are minimal in comparison to the previously discussed options. Benefits include:
- Quick migration from older physical systems to virtual environment
- Inexpensive accessibility of legacy e-PHI
- Cost effective solution for consolidating several legacy systems from acquired practices
- Improved data security
Understanding your options simplifies your strategy for legacy EHR migration. Still unsure which solution is best for your Legacy EHR Migration? Contact us at 877-843-5767.