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How do cloud technologies work and what advantages do they offer?

The cloud is more present than ever before. But how does cloud technology work, and what benefits can you derive from a cloud solution such as Simpleprax?

Simon Osterlehner

The term 'cloud' appears everywhere these days, but what exactly does it mean?

Data processing used to look very different a few years ago. Floppy disks, USB sticks, and external hard drives made it possible to exchange data between people and institutions back then. Manual data-transfer was quickly replaced by services such as Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and similar providers that offered online storage.

Due to the fact that one's data is then stored online and no longer locally on a hard drive, such solutions can be compared to a cloud that hovers above everyone and provides the data regardless of location. The concept of cloud computing does not end with the storage of data, but also involves servers, networks, and other technologies that enable the data to be accessed and processed in a meaningful manner.

Advantages of cloud technologies

Flexibility

Due to the fact that cloud resources can be delivered regardless of location, it is possible to move computing and storage-intensive tasks off the limited work PC and into a high-performance environment, which is often managed by the cloud provider. As a result, hardware procurement and upgrades, configuration of devices, and other infrastructure provisioning are eliminated. Cloud environments can instead be utilized as needed.

Simpleprax allows you to set up your system without extensive IT expertise. Simply install Simpleprax and log in to access all documents. The flexibility of access to data allows for easy access from anywhere, whether it is from home or a medical facility.

Cost efficiency

Since cloud providers operate many large data centers and focus on providing the technical infrastructure, the service can be booked according to the requirements needed. With the wide range of different storage, servers, etc., it is possible to put together the right package based on requirements and adapt it over time. Because servers do not have to be purchased, the costs can be significantly reduced.

In digital anamnesis, this is also apparent. The digital anamnesis can be used conveniently in the practice without requiring an expensive server or special hardware with regular maintenance.

Security

Local infrastructure poses many risks. Setting up a firewall, performing manual updates, and keeping up with the latest IT security recommendations can be tedious and costly.

Simpleprax follows the recommendations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to maintain the security of patient data. During everyday practice, Simpleprax ensures the availability of patient data by using a certified server infrastructure with strict access controls, automated backups, and mechanisms that protect against failure.

Simpleprax uses both secure end-to-end encryption and standard TLS encryption to secure data during transport from the cloud to the doctor's office or hospital, ensuring that patient data can only be accessed by the institution.

On-premise systems, such as a small server within a practice. Still, they can be implemented reliably by cloud providers with their specialized resources. We ensure that all completed documents arrive safely at the doctor's office so that you can focus entirely on the treatment.

Conclusion

Cloud applications make a lot of sense, especially in the medical industry. Advanced solutions are needed due to the large amount of data generated and the importance of a functioning healthcare system.

As a result of cloud-based applications, the patient can complete the documents not only in the waiting room but also from home. On the other hand, solutions that are not cloud-based can only be used within a facility.

Similarly, as a physician, you have access to all patient documents in the practice in real-time, regardless of where you are. This gives you greater planning flexibility. Video consultations, for instance, can now be conducted from the home office as well. This is because you can access all patient data from a laptop that does not need to connect to the practice network.

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