The modern practice is a long way away from the old dental practices serving up massive paper files, heavy metal dental equipment, and impossibly hard to reach on the phone. The reason for deploying cloud-based technology services may vary from practice to practice, but the fact of the matter is, cloud computing is going to take on an even more important role (whatever it may be) in your practice in the near future.
According to a research conducted by In-Stat, the healthcare industry is expected to spend more than one billion dollars in public cloud computing services by the end of the year. What drives this spending? The need to remain mobile and to increase deployment of electronic health records are what differentiates the modern practice from your practice of the olden ages.
Is it time for your practice?
Chances are you’re already using the cloud in other aspects of your life. Whether it’s to send a simple email, online banking, or checking your Facebook account, you’re already in the cloud. The question is, are you ready to move your dental practice and dental lab with all of your secure patient information into this ever-lucent cloud?
Dental practices can benefit from cloud computing by using services that offer specialized management software to connect laboratories with their dentist clients. This makes them better equipped for more proper dental information exchanges. Sometimes this is highly necessary when transporting large, sensitive files.
In addition, you can’t compete with the convenience in the cloud. Information is instantly accessible anytime, anywhere, from any computer with sufficient bandwidth. No need to continue to be concerned with software compatibility, processing speed, or data storage capacity. If your practice is spread across multiple locations or your laboratory isn’t in the same building all the more reason it’s time for your practice to switch into the cloud instead of trying to compile everything into a single database and losing access each time.
The extra time and not to mention financial costs associated with your existing practice management system is not necessarily conducive to your modern practice. Think for a second about all of the hassles a typical dental office experiences with their IT people and client/server practice management system.
While many offices hire an IT professional to keep their computers and network running, there’s a constant need for upgrading the hardware and software. Cloud applications have the ability to remove any hassles, i.e. hardware glitches, data backup, server issues, and the need for upgrades. When you’ve freed up more time and budget on timely tasks dealing with your software equipment you’ll be surprised how much more time you have to spend on other matters that really will make a difference in your clinic.
Integration and Implementation
With cloud-based technologies, practices provide better patient services and gain financial control once again. Although each practice uses their own health records and financial systems, it’s still possible to impose a standard system with cloud-solutions. Since the cloud technology is scalable you can start out small and can scale as the practice takes off with relative ease and flexibility.
The data integration is hosted on your own computing platform making the integration easily scalable and with little capital investment. Many dental cloud platforms have built in imaging software allowing you to integrate with intra oral cameras and phosphor plate imaging systems as well.
To conclude, the cloud is ever so important today and will continue to play an important impact in the modern dental practice. When collaborating and exchanging 3D or 2D imaging data between laboratories and practices, or ensuring your practice’s management system is all on the same page, it’s essential the communication is accessible through the cloud.