by Eyefinity Senior Product Manager Andrew Lee
There is a tremendous amount of buzz in the industry about “the cloud” and cloud-based systems. The major benefits we hear are that the cloud can help practices reduce costs and enable access to patient data from anywhere. But what does this really mean?
It’s a foggy topic, and we’re here to help clear the air. In this blog series, your peers and industry experts will explain cloud concepts in a simple way that you can understand and apply to your practice. Armed with the right information, you can make decisions with confidence.
Top 6 Questions to Ask Before Moving to the Cloud
Here are a few questions that have probably come to mind and you should consider when thinking about moving to the cloud:
- Is it secure?
- Is it fast enough for my staff?
- What’s the difference? Hosted? SaaS? Web app? Native app?
- What’s the return on my investment? And, what’s the cost savings?
- How do cloud solutions change my workflow in the practice?
- How can I be liberated to run my business efficiently and effectively?
So, what exactly IS “the cloud”?
Simply paraphrased and taken from the U.S. Department of Commerce:
Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that you can quickly and easily update and push to your device, whether it’s a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
Then you may ask, “Hmmm, which cloud model is best for me and my practice?”
It’s all about YOU. Unlike software that you need to install from a disc or software you download to your server, the basic premise of the cloud is that YOU can access it anytime, anywhere, and from any device.
The beauty is no one needs to come to your office and install the software. You can access it from a web browser. It’s like accessing water from your faucet, on-demand, anytime.
But is it secure and fast? Stay tuned for the next blog in this series.
Did you know that you can help to shape the future of practice management in the cloud? With your input, the next level of practice management solutions will be everything you want and need it to be.
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