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8 Signs You're With the Wrong Clinical Data Software Provider

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Amy Young posted in edc adoption, Switching EDC, clinical data management, clinical systems

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Some time ago, you decided to switch from paper to an eClinical system. But now that you've been with that provider for a while, does your relationship feel a bit...strained?  

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Cloudy Lingo: 7 Terms Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM / by Greg Pack posted in Data Exporting, Cloud, clinical trials, Apps, Saas, Switching Systems, Audit, Application, ePro, Encryption, Regulations, Investment, clinical research, Data Access, Switching EDC, Data Storage

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 In today’s world, vast amounts of information can be accessed on mobile devices, tablets and PCs at the touch of a fingertip. With privacy concerns at an all-time high, these tech advances have taken a bit of time to become accepted in the healthcare industry.

But all of that changed when the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) released “Meaningful Use" incentives, and the US Government released the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), two powerful changes to the traditional workflow in healthcare. These pieces of legislation encourage businesses in the healthcare industry to utilize certain applications and the connectivity of electronic health records.

So, we have come a long way, baby. In just 6 years, most medical management meetings in this country taking place right now are centered on value-based care and interoperability. And, cloud technologies have started to replace clunky legacy systems, offering easier, faster, and more cost-effective access to data.


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Are you new to "the cloud?" Here are 7 terms you need to know: 

SaaS 

A SaaS (Software as a Service) platform is an on-demand software delivery model. On-demand means that the software is never installed on a local machine — it’s always accessed over the Internet, or “the cloud.” “Apps,” or, applications, are run via a web browser. 

Public Cloud

In “public cloud” storage, enterprises and small businesses offload data and backup needs to a third-party cloud storage service provider, freeing them from the expensive costs of having to purchase, manage and maintain on-site storage hardware and software resources.

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