October 15, 2019
4 Reasons to Switch to a Cloud-Based Dental Practice Management Software
Simply put, cloud-based software runs on the internet rather than hosted locally on the computer in your dental practice office. In a digital era, it might be surprising to learn that cloud-based management software is not the norm—but it’s moving in that direction. Here are the top reasons to get ahead of the curve and switch your dental practice management software over to the cloud.
With cloud-based software, there’s no need to manually back up patient records since backups are performed automatically several times a day. In the event of a power outage or network crash, your records are still protected and easily accessible. What’s more, cloud-based software is written to be HIPAA compliant and safe from cyberattacks since the information is stored off-site.
Server-based software doesn’t have the capability to integrate with other programs like cloud-based software does. Think social media plug-ins, text messaging, email communication, appointment reminders, and online scheduling all to free up administrative needs. These services are typically lumped into a monthly rate rather than paying a third-party provider individually.
If your records are stored on the computer in your dental office, you can only ever access patient files and data at that particular workstation. But with a cloud-based platform, you can access records anywhere in the world where you have internet access. So, if you receive an emergency phone call over the weekend or while on vacation, you don’t need to physically be in the office to provide support. This also convenient with dental service organizations (DSOs) that have more than one location.
Chances are, if you’re still operating on a server-based software, that server is typically physically located somewhere within your office, taking up precious space that could otherwise be used for dental equipment. Physical servers can also be difficult and expensive to maintain.
*Bonus points: Procurement software
As an aside, procurement software, such as Method USA, pulls real-time pricing so you can make smarter purchasing decisions. Not only does this cut down on overhead costs, but it will also increase the overall value of your dental practice when it comes time to sell. Look for a platform that is scalable, easy to use and built specifically for rapidly growing DSOs and independent offices alike.
Contact the experts at Professional Transition Strategies to help ease the transition from server-based software over to the cloud in your dental practice.