HHS using cloud to support Electronic Health Records

Fed Cloud Blog has told you about the fact that the Department of Health and Human Services is looking at the cloud.

Federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra recently took a look at what they are doing and wrote up a case study regarding HHS’s implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems.

The department hopes to build 70 Regional Extension Centers in order to help over 100,000 Primary Care Practitioners.

To do this, HHS is using cloud, and Kundra explains why they chose such a solution:

After reviewing internal and cloud-based solutions, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) decided that Salesforce.com offered the best CRM solution for a quick, inexpensive, and rapidly scalable implementation. The review process concluded that it would have taken over a year to implement an internally-based system. Leveraging the cloud solution, ONC was able to stand up the first phase of the Salesforce solution in less than three months after the award. One of the advantages ONC anticipates from deploying a cloud-based CRM system is the ability to update the system as Regional Extension Centers start using it. More implementation phases are already planned to ensure that users’ needs are met. ONC expects to be able to quickly update future phases of the system in substantially less time, while doing it collaboratively with end users.

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