Cloud version of i-Clarity launched
Topcon (GB) Ltd today announced the availability of a ‘Cloud’ version of their increasingly popular i-Clarity Practice Management System (PMS). What this means is that the data for the system is stored at a remote location on a secure server, and the data is accessed over an internet broadband connection.
What makes this approach possible is the way that i-Clarity has been developed. It uses very little ‘bandwidth’ – very little data is actually transferred over the internet - so can even be run over a tethered mobile phone, providing great resilience in the case of internet interruption.
The key benefits of this approach are security – as the data is constantly backed up by automated processes to multiple locations; flexibility – as the data can potentially be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection; and scalability – as there are no practical limits to how large the practice database can grow.
This announcement means that i-Clarity is now available in three different configurations, and can therefore be tailored to each practice’s particular requirements and needs. ‘We have always recognised that the “one size fits all” approach is inappropriate with practice management systems’ commented Nigel Bedford, i-Clarity PMS manager at Topcon.
“Some practices prefer to have their data on a local computer, and are happy to take responsibility for their own maintenance and backup. Some practice groups need to have access to a shared database across multiple sites, but still be responsible for their own database, and we can configure that too. Now with this final option we can offer practices – both single sites and multiple sites – a worry free option of storing their vital data in the Cloud so they can focus on their core process – looking after their patients” commented Rob Ward, i-Clarity PMS developer.
Uniquely, i-Clarity is the only PMS that allows this flexibility and allows user to switch between the three different options as their needs change.
In all three configurations the programs themselves – the software that the user sees and interacts with - are automatically updated so that all users are always on the latest possible version. “Our approach means that we can be incredibly responsive to user needs and requests” commented Mr Bradford, “and know they’re getting real value for money for the modest support fee that they pay.”
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