Business has gone high tech. In order to remain competitive, businesses have to take advantage of all that technology has to offer. Everyone wants the ability to access information, change a schedule, or participate in a conference call from anywhere at any time. Most people would prefer not to have to duplicate information or make a trip to the office for a file before being able to answer a question. They want easy access to all their files right from their smartphones or tablets. They also want assurance that their information and communications are shared only with those they have personally approved.
These capabilities are especially important for those in the medical field who are often confronted by emergencies that require immediate action. Such people have spent years becoming experts in their field and don’t have the time or the inclination to become computer experts as well. Besides that, the diagnostic tools and machinery necessary for their professions are costly. The time, cost and even space required to build and maintain a computer system that would provide all the capabilities described above would be substantial. It would also be time not spent on patient care.
Cloud computing services make it possible for medical professionals to maximize all the benefits of modern technology to provide a higher level of patient care than ever before possible. These services provide storage space, the necessary professional software and the level of security that ensures patient privacy. They also provide regular software updates, so that customers are never using outdated software while competing with those who have the latest upgraded improvements. Data is also stored off-site, so that in the case of a break-in or natural disaster, vital information is not lost.
Praktika is an example of a cloud based service designed specifically for a dental practice that allows individual users to customize features to accommodate the unique characteristics of their own practices.
Further, information in any form, whether it be text, photo, video, or x-rays can be stored in the cloud and accessed instantly from any device. You will not only be able to access your own information, but you will also be able to instantly file information from other sources.
For example, if you’ve just attended a seminar about a condition that one of your patients is experiencing, you can add your notes from the seminar directly to that patient’s file. If you have a complex telephone consultation with a specialist, you can save that conversation in the cloud and access it later if you need to refer to it again.
Cloud computing makes it possible to have your business contacts, your schedule, your patient files and treatment plans, business accounting and billing information all in one place and easily accessible. Most cloud based services allow you to pay for only the services you need, while allowing you to expand as your business expands.
According to one survey, those utilizing cloud based services showed an increase in productivity, which means your business probably will expand. In addition to expansion, your business will also have greater flexibility. Because information can be accessed and administrative tasks completed from anywhere, both you and your staff can do more work remotely.
An employee satisfaction survey showed that 36% of employees questioned said that they would choose working remotely over a pay raise, and 10% even said they would take a pay cut for the opportunity to work remotely. In addition to saving travel time and the cost of gasoline, working smarter can also save real estate expenses. If you and your staff have greater flexibility to work remotely, there is a greater possibility of sharing office space.
Of the many potential benefits of cloud computing, the increase in the quality of life is perhaps the most compelling. Spending less time in traffic and more time having meaningful interactions with patients, staff and colleagues improves everyone’s quality of life. Spending less time at the office and more time with friends and family, all while accomplishing more, does too. At the very least, cloud computing can help your practice grow by ensuring that your patients receive the level of care they would gladly recommend to their friends and family.