One of the most important benefits of Electronic Medical Systems and cloud-based information is their availability all the time but what if the system is down and the IT team is updating their applications and the hospital computer outlets does not have access to the cloud and internet? What if the patient comes to the ER and the staff do not have access to the EMRs? This happened to some staff before when an IT administrator changed the password of the system and forgot to let staff know.
Therefore, while considering these great cloud and online storage ideas, the healthcare system and each hospital and clinic should still keep the original guidelines, reference manuals, the blank patients charts, and the prescription pads in their own facilities for the occasions that the cloud or online applications are not available. The senior staff should be able to locate the information on a very local computer that does not even have to be connected to the internet. Everything necessary for a daily operation should be saved and stored on a local computer or a server and the information could be retrievable for the future use in that case it is needed.
Physicians can still write their prescriptions on the pads and they can record patient information on the charts so they can be transferred to the electronic medical records later.