Three Benefits of Storing Your Data in the Cloud
By Josephine Wynn
As consumers, more and more of the data we rely on in our everyday lives resides in the cloud – and it’s easy to see why. The cloud empowers us to access our data anywhere, anytime, with the push of a button. The associated quality of life benefits have made adoption a no-brainer for many of us.
In the workplace, however, shifting deeply rooted processes and changing to cloud-based practice management software may seem more daunting. Let’s take a look at three ways the cloud can add new value to your data, which may convince you that the transition is well worth your while.
Benefit #1: Gather all practice data in one place.
Having all your data in one place makes smart business possible. The cloud adds value by centralizing your scheduling, patient information and practice data and lets you access that data anywhere in real time. At a glance, you can see everything that’s happening in any location at any given moment.
This accessibility prepares you to better handle unknowns. As an example, if a client cancels an appointment with short notice, real-time schedule visibility allows you to react more quickly, adjust accordingly and schedule your team’s time more efficiently.
Benefit #2: Organize all your data in the same way.
Cloud-based practice management not only standardizes the data set, it frees your team from having to use desktop PCs for patient care. Tablets can be used in any treatment area or exam room, even shared between rooms and other treatment and procedure areas in your practice.
Because the software is cloud-based, updates are automatic and ongoing. This means all users are always using the latest, most up-to-date and fully featured version. It also means you’re free from hardware and networking requirements and ongoing support and update hassles associated with on-premise software. No need for an IT consultant. Practice managers and owners can also access the business data from a smartphone to check in on appointments and hospitalized cases from anywhere.
Benefit #3: Use your data to find meaning.
After consolidating your data in one place and organizing it so it all works together, the next logical step is to put that data to use at a strategic level. In today’s fast-paced business environment, an information dump that requires additional in-depth analysis just doesn’t cut it. The expectation is meaningful data that you can quickly identify and act upon.
What that means is more useful insights into the key areas of your practice – where growth is occurring, where expectations aren’t being met and how you can plan to optimize your operational efficiency. Your practice management software should be flexible enough to meet your business goals, not the other way around.
Utilizing cohesive practice management technology not only empowers your practice to run efficiently every day, but also gives you meaningful data at the end of the day.
About the Author
Josephine Wynn has worked in the veterinary industry half of her life, working as a receptionist, then technician assistant at a large practice. She has managed the Patterson Veterinary technology portfolio for the last 12 years, including NaVetor. She is married with three kids, two dogs, and two cats.
A version of this article was first published in the August 2018 issue of Patterson’s Insight magazine.
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