This is the first article in my continuing series on Cloud-Based Practice Management Systems.
In my coming blog entries, I will be discussing and evaluating cloud-based practice management systems. These are online software solutions that allow you to manage various facets of your practice electronically, typically through a web page. You're probably already aware that a Practice Management Solution may handle scheduling, notes, billing, client communications, or all of the above. But how does this all work in the Cloud?
What is the Cloud
Cloud computing is the delivery of software or storage over the Internet to a group of end users. Facebook, Dropbox and QuickBooks Online are well-known cloud solutions. These solutions exist on a server and are accessible via any device that can connect to the Internet. A more specific term for Practice Management Solutions that are delivered via the cloud is Software as a Solution (SaaS).