In this article we will review how Epic Community Connect effects your Microsoft licensing position. This is a follow up to my earlier post which can be found here
What’s the concern?
If you host/extend Epic (or any EMR software that you do not own) to outside clinics or other healthcare facilities SPLA must be licensed.
What’s an outside organization?
If your organization (who hosts Epic/EMR) does not have at least 51% ownership of the other entity, that would be considered an outside organization as it pertains to this solution.
I’m confused…big time. Why would I license SPLA when I was told to license through my Enterprise Agreement?
The EA is for your own internal employees. The Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) is for companies who host Microsoft software to third parties.
Wait. I just went to your website and I am not an employee. Are you saying you have a SPLA agreement?
No. I don’t host an application or any server whatsoever. I do pay a web company to host my website. The web company is under a SPLA agreement if they use Windows Server.
What are my options now? I already deployed Epic and I don’t have a SPLA.
I would work with a SPLA Reseller who can walk you through the steps and how to be compliant. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Thanks for reading,