How Can a Delay in Implementation Affect Your Facility?

Put yourself in the situation where you’ve made a decision to make a change to your technology environment. When you’re looking at a larger project, such as a full-scale upgrade of your EHR solution or a move from a paper system to a technology environment, the time to implement these solutions can vary dramatically between an on-premises and a cloud-based solution.

In terms of time to implementation, you’re probably looking at years for a major on-premises technology project, if you have a facility involved. Two to three years is not uncommon in a very large scale, new EHR implementation. However, when you move to the cloud, you can probably cut that in about half.

Ultimately, as you make your decision between an on-premises or cloud-based solution, the question you need to ask yourself is this: How is this delay in timing going to adversely affect your hospital?

Consider the following four factors:

  1. Lost revenue: Would implementing this new technology more quickly mean you could serve more patients sooner rather than later?
  2. Lost opportunity: By involving your staff in this transition for a longer period of time, what other projects are you keeping them from that could benefit your hospital?
  3. Impact to patient care: Will you be able to provide a more integrated system of care to your patients under a new system? If so, can your facility afford to wait?
  4. Impact to employee morale, should you run into an unforeseen challenge: Does your staff have the expertise to deal with these situations quickly? In a cloud-based solution, you’re often able to reduce these risks substantially because of the specialization of the staff who’s setting up the systems.

Once you evaluate these four time to implementation factors, you’ll get a much better sense of whether an on-premises or a cloud-based solution is right for your facility.

If you’d like to discuss these factors with one of our healthcare IT experts, get in touch with us. We’ll help you evaluate your needs and your risk factors to make the right decision for your organization. For an initial consultation, reach out to us at or 218.529.7951.