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Is it time for the cloud to come to your practice?


August 10, 2011
by ken

From Dental Economics by Martin Jablow

Dental technology continues to move forward.
Slow speed belt driven handpieces have given way to precision electric
handpieces. Impressions can now be taken with a camera. We are replacing
a scalpel with a laser. The time is here to considering moving from the
traditional dental practice management client/server arrangement to
using the cloud. In the early days of the Internet, a quote came from
Sun Microsystems — “The network is the computer.” The line is blurring
quite quickly when discussing traditional client/server software and
cloud computing.

So what is cloud computing? The term
“cloud” is a metaphor for the Internet, based on how the Internet is
depicted in computer network diagrams and is an abstraction of the
underlying infrastructure it conceals. Typical cloud computing providers
deliver common business applications online which are accessed from a
web browser, while the software and data are stored on remote servers.
We shop, buy and sell securities, bank, pay bills and book travel. These
items revolve around personal and financial information being
transmitted over the Internet so all of these transactions take place in
the cloud.

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