Cloud computing has helped businesses across many industries secure their data, streamline their office management, simplify their accounting and bookkeeping, and save money on overhead.
By moving data to the cloud, business owners free up physical office space and remove the worry of losing important files due to theft, fire, or other such catastrophes. They gain flexibility in hiring bookkeepers and office managers, as they can work remotely through the cloud. Moreover, they can save on overhead by hiring remote workers on a freelance or contract basis.
Chiropractors in particular benefit heavily from cloud computing. They’re responsible for safeguarding sensitive patient data, and cloud storage offers greater security than local hard drive storage. They can save on overhead by hiring an online accountant to manage their books remotely. Cloud computing also offers flexibility, as chiropractors can access important files from anywhere if the need arises.
Chiropractors keep sensitive patient data on file. Patient files include such information as medical history, X-rays, and details about the problems or concerns that led patients to seek treatment. Privacy laws mandate that this information be kept safe and secure, and health care providers, such as chiropractors, can sully their reputations if word gets out they’ve been careless with patient data.
Most cloud computing platforms offer better security than saving files on a local hard drive. Files are kept safe even if the physical computer or hard drive is damaged or stolen, and the best cloud servers are nearly impervious to hackers.
To a greater degree than most health care providers, chiropractors should be mindful of overhead. Canada’s universal health care system often doesn’t cover chiropractic care, which means patients rely on extended health care plans to receive services – or pay out of pocket. Consequently, a chiropractor’s business is more sensitive to economic peaks and troughs than, say, a cardiologist or orthopedist.
Keeping overhead down is important for weathering the tough times. Cloud computing makes it possible to run a chiropractic business with minimal overhead. With cloud accounting platforms such as Quickbooks Enterprise Hosting Service, chiropractors can move their accounting to the cloud. This lets them hire freelance bookkeepers and office managers remotely and on an as-needed basis.
Emergencies arise in any business, and chiropractic offices are no exception. Before cloud computing, if something came up after hours that necessitated accessing office files, the business owner was forced to drive to the office. If they happened to be out of town or otherwise unable to get to the office, the situation became even more complicated. Then there was the issue of different employees having access to different computers, and what to do when one employee needed something from another’s computer.
Cloud computing solves all of these problems. Business owners can access their files from anywhere, and for each file or program on the cloud, they can designate who has access. If someone without access needs it for a certain project, the business owner can go onto the cloud and add the person in minutes.