Cloud-based solutions have been buzzwords around the dental industry for a long time. Much of that has to do with emerging and large DSOs seeking ways to improve performance, save costs and keep up with technology advancements. In this article, we are going to dive into the main reasons why the private, Open Dental cloud with Darkhorse Tech is so popular among DSOs and why you should consider it for your organization.
What is cloud computing for DSOs?
Cloud computing solutions for DSOs allow General Dentists, Orthodontists, Pediatric Dentists, Oral Surgeons, and dental professionals to store and access their data and applications without purchasing and maintaining physical servers and other equipment. Cloud solutions combined with managed IT services allow dental professionals to access help-desk services, patches, and upgrades automatically downloaded to devices – while keeping their data and systems secure and monitored.
What are the benefits of a Private Open Dental Cloud solution for DSOs?
When it comes to dental practices, there are two main differentiators that are important for your patients. There is the quality of the services you provide (standardization) and how you interact with them. This aspect of a dental practice must be well-defined before the patient can become a loyal customer. A consistent experience is key, and having a consistent, centralized Cloud PMS is key to achieving this goal.
The second element is how innovative, and flexible you are as a business owner in providing better service and care to your patients. The quality of dentistry is not the only thing that matters here. Time management, scheduling flexibility, the way you protect your patients’ data, and even the location of your clinic all play a part in helping your practice stand out from others.
With the Private Cloud’s open architecture, you have thousands of available vendors to choose to work with. Unlike other software (Tab32, Curve, etc), you can choose which appointment scheduling, paperless, data analytics, or review provider you want to work with – and, you can switch if you want! There are literally 100s of 3rd party vendors available to choose from with Open Dental.
With private cloud computing solutions in place, your DSO can gain multiple advantages that allow you to provide better service and care to your patients. Let’s dive into the main benefits of private cloud solutions that make them so popular for DSOs:
The benefits of private cloud solution for DSOs – Regulatory compliance
DSOs need to comply with HIPAA guidelines that stipulate how patient confidentiality and medical records must be safeguarded from theft or exposure. The costs associated with substandard compliance and data breaches are severe, while private cloud solutions can help DSOs mitigate risks and demonstrate compliance. Standardization is paramount to helping meet compliance goals.
The benefits of private cloud solution for DSOs – Data access and Ownership
Cloud-based storage solutions allow you and your employees to access the medical records, patient data, and other relevant information from any device connected to the internet while providing a higher security level than public cloud solutions. Private cloud solutions allow creating a structure of roles with different levels of access to provide enhanced granular control. Off-shore call center? No problem. But maybe the biggest competitive advantage with Open Dental’s Private Cloud with Darkhorse Tech? You own your own data. Again, like the example a few paragraphs above, instead of it being locked behind a wall like with Tab32, you can access and mine your data whenever you want. You do not need to ask permission to get access to it.
The benefits of private cloud solution for DSOs – Scalability
Cloud computing offers scalable solutions that allow you to store more data and applications and enable more users without purchasing additional equipment or upgrading infrastructure up front and on an ongoing basis. You can start small and grow as your business needs change. Private cloud computing provides a cost-effective way to leverage technology to improve operations, increase capabilities and reduce costs.
The benefits of private cloud solution for DSOs – Cost-efficiency
When you sign up for managed IT services that include cloud computing, you get all the benefits of cloud computing without having to pay for it upfront. You also don’t have to worry about maintenance and upkeep because that is included in your monthly fee. Cloud computing costs less than break-fix support models because it eliminates on-site maintenance fees and other charges associated with traditional support plans. Managed cloud services are also cheaper than hiring an in-house IT staff, especially when dealing with multiple locations. Offloading the responsibility of managing your software and hardware can save you thousands of dollars each year.
The benefits of private cloud solution for DSOs – Security
An excellent option for DSOs the private cloud provides a way to share data without giving up control of the data. It’s a hybrid between cloud computing and fully on-premise solutions. The best part about the private cloud is that it’s affordable, and the setup only takes about six hours to complete. Dentists who utilize private dental clouds have an advantage over those who opt for public networks. They don’t have to worry about security breaches as they would on public networks because the private cloud is completely secure. Access is limited to those approved by the practice owner, which means no one else can access the data.
The bottom line
Cloud computing is a hot topic in the technology and business world these days, and for a good reason: it can help businesses operate more efficiently, save money, and improve their performance and capabilities. DSOs have found this to be true, which is why so many have begun to explore cloud-based options and services in the past few years – hence why private dental cloud solutions have become so popular among DSOs.
How can we help – Darkhorse Tech solutions for DSOs
Whether you’re just starting out or a well-established organization, Darkhorse Tech has the experience and technology to help get you moving and streamline your operations via technology solutions. Our DSO-focused Dental-specific IT solution, for example, was designed to help your practices tackle their most-burning challenges.. Included Services:
- Industry-Leading Cloud System Integration (Cloud PM/Cloud Imaging)
- A Comprehensive NO-Downtime Solution (On-Site & Cloud-Based Backups)
- Rapid Response Time
- Dental-Specific Knowledge with a Focus on Dental Tech & Integrations
- HIPAA Compliant Systems
- Encrypted Email
- Cutting Edge Treatment Room Design & a Focus on Patient Education & Entertainment
- HIPAA Secure Networking
- VOIP and Paperless Systems
If you want to learn more about our DSO-focused solutions and private cloud for DSOs, contact us anytime. Our friendly customer service team will get back to you in no time.
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