MediRecords joins VMware Standard Technology Alliance Partner Program

MediRecords joins VMware Standard Technology Alliance Partner Program

MediRecords joins VMware Standard Technology Alliance Partner Program

Matthew-Galleto

Matthew Galleto

MediRecords joins VMware Standard Technology Alliance Partner Program

MediRecords joins VMware Standard Technology Alliance Partner Program

We are delighted to announce that MediRecords is now a VMware Standard Technology Alliance Partner and validated to run on VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (TKGI).This is a fantastic achievement for our team, but many of our customers will be wondering “what does this actually mean for us?”

Put simply, it means our software can run anywhere. Clients can implement MediRecords on-premises, in the cloud (via Google, Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Solutions), or as a hybrid-cloud solution. And of course, we will still provide clinical practice management software to thousands of clinics in Australia through our cloud-based offering.


VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition enables clients to deploy and run their clinical practice management software as a containerized workload across private and public clouds. The flexibility of Kubernetes allows our clients to simplify the management of services and infrastructure in a highly scalable, highly available way so they can focus on running their practice.

“Our partnership with VMware as a Technology Alliance Partner provides even greater flexibility to our customers,” said Matthew Galetto, MediRecords founder and CEO. “We have an excellent track record when it comes to enterprise-scale projects, rolling out Australia-wide solutions to thousands of users in a matter of days.”


With VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition, larger enterprises can maintain their IT investments to deploy MediRecords on existing on-premises infrastructure or leverage the greater flexibility of running their practice management solution on a public or hybrid-cloud. MediRecords has invested heavily in the development of operational capability, infrastructure as a code, automation and testing to support businesses when implementing their practice management solution as a containerized workload.

Our partnership with VMware will specifically benefit our enterprise and government customers with existing IT infrastructure investments that they want to deploy their MediRecords solutions on. For smaller clinics, MediRecords will continue to provide cloud-based practice management systems to thousands of users in GP, Specialist and Allied Health practices. These products offer a turnkey solution for small to medium sized practices and larger corporate groups that are growing their businesses. Customers benefit from the speed & scalability offered by a true cloud application offered as Software as a Service.


About MediRecords

MediRecords is an Australian owned provider of cloud-based electronic medical record and practice management systems. Founded in 2013, their clients range from individual GP, specialist and allied health practices to enterprise scale healthcare providers across Australia.

For more information contact matthew@medirecords.com.




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Practice software management cost

Practice software management cost – How your practice server is costing you more than you realise…

 

When talking to clinicians and practice managers about either ‘the cloud’ or server hardware, I often get the same reaction. The reality is that they just don’t have the time to worry about their practice’s IT set up most days. Unless, of course, it stops working.

This quickly changes when we start to examine some of the hidden costs.

 

What you get from your server

Servers have been incredibly useful pieces of technology. They have allowed GP, specialist and allied health practices to move away from physical patient records. The server now hosts practice management software such as Best Practice or Medical Director, store documents and faxes digitally and run email services.

They are also expensive. That has been ok though; given the benefits they provide, the cost of buying, maintaining and running a server has been not only worthwhile, but essential to the modern practice. But that still doesn’t change the cost to the practice, which totals on average over $220,000 over five years.

That $220,000 figure doesn’t even cover additional hardware such as computers, monitors, routers and printers. The true cost of a server is usually unknown, and this is why. When wrapped up together, it can be difficult and time consuming to breakdown what IT budget goes where. But when you take the time to do so, it becomes apparent that there is another, much more cost-effective option to running a server. Cloud computing.

 

But a server is essential, isn’t it?

It is when I show clinics the difference in cost of a cloud-based practice to a server-based practice that I start to get that reaction I mentioned earlier. The cost saving in Year One for a five-clinician practice is estimated at $49,618. From Year Two onward the same practice will save $30,618 each year.  Over a five-year period, the total estimated savings are $172,290. Not bad

To illustrate the point, I often explain what this figure means in real terms. Assuming 20 consults/day billed at $70/ consult, each doctor could have an extra five days holiday per year. This money could be reinvested to grow or improve the business, or, if you are so inclined, even buy 43,000+ takeaway coffees.

However you slice it, it is a significant saving for any practice. Many practice owners overlook this saving by simply comparing the cost of subscriptions between cloud and server-based practice management systems. In this respect, the two are very similar, and the decision then comes down to staff familiarity with legacy software versus the security, reliability and mobility benefits of cloud services. These are all equally valid considerations when choosing the right software for a practice, but the cost will always be an important consideration for any business.

 

To demonstrate the difference, I compared the two options below:

What does this mean for my practice?

It is unlikely clinicians and practice managers will suddenly become fascinated by IT infrastructure budgeting. However, the cost benefits of using cloud-based practice management software should lead many practices to give the option a fresh look.

Factors such as staff familiarity, usability, security, reporting and 3rd party integrations are still just as important as always. However, as the experience provided by cloud providers has matured to match, and improve on, traditional options such as Medical Director and Best Practice, the scales are continuing to tip towards cloud-based technology.