Primary care providers' roles have not diminished over the past couple of years, but their job satisfaction has. This is an unfortunate turn of events for those doctors who do so much for their patients. Thankfully, modern advancements in medical data systems may allow them to get more done in less time. Ultimately, the success of any given medical professional has to do with their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Primary care physicians and their clinics may find valuable new technology in two main areas: the cloud and electronic health records. These two system alone may reduce the amount of work a doctor must do to process a patients. This can hopefully translate to better, more effective care done at an increasingly swift rate.

EHRs and the primary care physician
Over 50 percent of family physicians spend 10 or more hours on paperwork and administrative duties every week, according to Physicians Practice. This time could be reduced through the use of EHR. While these networks do not entirely eliminate the need for data entry, they greatly reduce the amount of time that must be spent re-entering information. With a strong EHR system, any information about a patient input only needs to be typed in once. This means that physicians, nurses and other members of hospital staff will not be sitting there and quietly transcribing records from one system to the other. Instead, they can all work on more meaningful tasks or even using that information as a part of a diagnosis.

Ideally, a medical practitioner looking through systems will pick out an integrated system for the simple reason that they are easier to install and utilize relative to ones built from scratch. While many EHR providers have fairly interoperable network infrastructure, it is still easier to use an integrated one. 

The cloud's benefits for physicians
One simple, major use of cloud software that makes it the default choice for many is its cost-effective portability. No other type of system is as easy to move between a phone, tablet, desktop and laptop. Because cloud computer systems exist purely online, they do not need to be supported by expensive in-office machinery. Instead, information sent to this software is processed elsewhere, with results coming over via the Internet. Because so many hospitals and practices within the medical industry need to move to electronic computer systems over the next five years, using a cloud system is becoming extremely popular. And there's no reason it shouldn't be widely used! Cloud computing lets businesses and medical practices quickly move to electronic methods of storing information in the least expensive way possible. 

Further, the cloud allows users to update their systems automatically and wherever they are. This means that physicians can gain access to patient data when they are on-call but not in-hospital or in-office. The major benefit here is that it allows them to stay informed and make better decisions more quickly. Ultimately, all advances within a hospital should be made with an eye for allowing doctors more time to work with patient cases. This is one area where the cloud is a perfect fit, as it allows physicians to examine information no mater where they are, and with more speedier access than ever before.

Combining these two options into EHR and cloud computing together enables doctors to get results quickly without having to wait. Efficient, inexpensive patient records that can be quickly updated from any point within a system lets a medical facility take care of patients more efficiently. There is no better reasoning for adopting medical technology than that.