Whether you like it or not, it’s a growing fact that desktop software is breathing its last breath.
The cloud is not a trend nor a fad that will disappear, it is the immediate future of software delivery and the reasons are solid.
Health practices, with small scale and lower employee counts benefit the most when it comes to cheap and mobile cloud solutions. If you are running your own yoga studio for example and have been reticent in joining the community in cloud city, you may want to reconsider your motives and investigate the benefits to cloudifying your practice.
Why should you consider switching to online booking?
Cloud based practice management software
As a society and as a marketplace we are now more mobile and untethered than ever. The benefits to a clinic owner can be massive.
Even if you work in a traditional clinic or fixed address, you are rarely required by technology to stay there.
When it comes to managing your clinic your staff and your clients, you have access to work systems through cloud apps, social media and email, all of your internet browsing capabilities and even hundreds of gigs of cloud-based document storage right there on your phone or tablet.
With apps like Better Clinics, now your clinic management can be similarly mobile. What could a mobile based clinic management software solution do for you?
- Manage bookings and client contacts from anywhere
- Take payments on the go
- Market your business when you please
- Communicate to your client base across SMS and email
Cloud computing saves money
Keep that money in your pocket, there be savings here.
When it comes to business money talks, so listen up and save yourself some coin as you manage your clinic better. It’s a win-win.
Saas, or software as a service has replaced the idea of boxed, physical desktop installed software.
The old way of delivering software was expensive and constantly in need of pricey new updated versions. Furthermore, it was either difficult or impossible to install on multiple devices.
Nowadays, in the cloud, we essentially lease our software. You only pay for the features you need, when you need it, for as long as you need it.
You also save on equipment, power costs and all associated expenditure that goes with in house servers, PC equipment and IT costs. This can lean heavily in your favour and free up resources.
Data security in cloud computing
Security of your business assets and data is of vital importance.
At the extreme end of the spectrum, losing a laptop with all of your business systems and information can doom a clinic just like that.
Luckily, cloud applications do away with such concerns about catastrophic loss.
Cloud computing gives you far greater security and assurance when device loss occurs, as your data is stored in the cloud, behind robust and encrypted security, which remains accessible no matter what happens to your machine.
Furthermore, if lost, you can even remotely wipe data from your laptop or phone so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands. This is particularly germane when considering the potentially sensitive client health information you may have stored.
Cloud based team collaboration
With the application of cloud technologies to your clinic or health business, your capacity to engage in flexible and collaborative work increases exponentially.
Through cloud software you can create the all-important single source of truth. When you are collaborating with staff, using multiple devices or sharing logins, you can be assured of the accuracy of the information.
The Better Clinics solution for example, which allows for a single source of truth when it comes to your online bookings, client list, class sizes, sales and invoices. The information they see in their solution will always be up to date and accurate.
The cloud-based operator also benefits greatly from flexibility.
With many employees, multiple locations and several service delivery methods, people who run physio’s or offer yoga classes can remain fluid and flexible as they operate from a cloud app like Better Clinics. With such a solution you can add multiple teachers to multiple locations, contact specific blocks of clients and display the booking options for a variety of combos on your website . This is all on the same automatically updated saas package