What Happens when the Internet Goes Out?
Cloud Practice Management Applications (PM Apps) rely on the Internet. No Internet = No PM App. This is the biggest worry of any Cloud user.
Ask yourself what the longest interruption in your Internet service has been? 5 minutes? An hour? A day or more? Could you run your Practice without your PM App that long? 5 minutes? Sure. An hour? Maybe. A Day or More? No way!
It’s not a question of “If your Internet Connection will go out”, but rather just when and for how long.
Makes you cringe doesn’t it. You need to prepare. Continue reading
How fast does your Internet connection need to be?
If you have a Crappy Internet connection you can stop reading now and give up on the Cloud (until your Internet options improve). Any Cloud Practice Management App (PM App) needs a reliable Internet connection with decent speed.
This is the most important part of your Cloud adventure. You are about to make your Internet Connection business critical. Get this part wrong and you are going to suffer immensely. For that reason I’ve spent a fair bit of time below getting into the details (sorry about the length but I think it will be worth your time). Continue reading
Is a Data Conversion Necessary?
Data conversions are an ugly process. If you choose a Cloud Practice Management Application (PM App) from a new company, they have to reverse engineer your old Company’s data format, then smush it all around (technical term) into their own proprietary database format. Often there aren’t equivalent fields for some data, so it’s left behind. My experiences for data conversions have been “Someone always cries”. Continue reading
What about 3rd Party Integration Support?
Wow, that’s a technical jargon title (my apologies). As odd as it sounds, this matters. You may be using a 3rd party integration that may not work with your selected Cloud solution. Continue reading
Will it work with my existing equipment?
This matters if you are trying to extend the life of your existing hardware and defer a large Capital Expenditure on new gear. Continue reading
How can it directly benefit your Practice?
The benefits of a Cloud Practice Management Application (PM App) can materialize in many different ways within your Practice. The various vendors will all promise some combination of these factors
Lower Costs – the first thing we think about and the primary motivator to consider the move to Cloud. Cost savings can come from: Continue reading
One Challenge – Multiple Right Answers
There is no one right way to provide a Practice Management Application (PM App) in the Cloud. It’s great to live in a world where smart people come up with multiple solutions to a challenge. Continue reading
What can the Cloud do for you?
The Short Answer is “Outsourcing”. This means to take something you have been doing in-house yourself, and get it from someone else that can hopefully do it better and cheaper than you did on your own. Another benefit might be that the time you no longer have to spend on this can now be better directed to patient care, improving your Practice further. Continue reading
What is the Cloud? Simple question – not so simple answer.
To the purist nerd (like me) the Cloud is a huge computing resource that is geographically disperse and highly resilient. Google’s Gmail is a good example. Continue reading
I have this conversation all the time lately. Cloud computing in Dental Specialties is all the rage and many Practices are giving it a look to see if it’s appropriate for them. It might be, but if you are like most people you don’t know what questions to be asking to make an informed decision. Continue reading