Managing dental imaging technologies can be a costly and inefficient struggle for dental practices. With increasing file sizes, maintaining expensive servers, hiring IT professionals, and paying for software updates, support, backups, and disaster recovery can be a significant burden.
But cloud-based imaging software offers a flexible and efficient solution at an affordable cost, turning imaging struggles into a competitive advantage. As 3D dental imaging becomes more prevalent in dentistry, with CBCT technology providing accurate diagnosis and treatment planning, file sizes continue to grow, making cloud-based solutions more necessary than ever.
Struggle #1: Ballooning On-Premise Server Costs Due to Growing Imaging Database
The struggle is that as your dental imaging database grows, the cost of maintaining on-premise servers increases. This is because the file sizes of dental images can be very large, especially for 3D scans, and they can easily take up many terabytes of data. On-premise servers can become obsolete every 3 years, which adds to the cost of housing your own imaging data.
The Solution: IT Cost Savings and Scalability with Cloud-Based Imaging Software
The competitive advantage is that cloud-based imaging software can save you money on IT costs and scalability. With cloud-based imaging software, you don’t have to worry about the costs of buying and maintaining your own servers or paying for ongoing IT support.
Additionally, cloud-based imaging software provides unlimited data storage and predictable monthly pricing, which can help you better manage your budget. If your practice grows or your imaging needs change, 3d dental imaging software and cloud-based software can easily scale with your practice.
Struggle #2: Proprietary Imaging Software
In the imaging space, many imaging device companies have developed their own imaging software to work exclusively with their devices. This approach is known as a “closed-architecture” philosophy, where companies create software that only functions with their products. This leaves dental practices locked into a proprietary system, requiring them to purchase both imaging hardware and software from the same company.
The Solution: Open-Architecture Imaging Software
To address this problem, open-architecture imaging software like XVWeb has emerged, providing dental practices with independence from proprietary systems. With open-architecture software, practices can choose software that works with any imaging device and integrates with any practice management solution. This provides practices with the freedom to select technologies that suit their needs, rather than being limited to a specific manufacturer’s hardware and software.
Struggle #3: Difficulty in accessing images, limiting work flexibility.
Many dental practices have been looking for ways to allow their staff to work remotely or on the go. However, on-premise servers limit accessibility, forcing staff to go back into the office on evenings and weekends to access patient X-rays. VPNs can provide remote access but can leave patient data vulnerable to security breaches.
The Solution: 24/7 accessibility to images via cloud-based imaging software.
Cloud-based imaging provides a solution by allowing secure access to images from anywhere as long as there is an internet-connected device. It also allows secure image sharing for collaboration with other clinicians or insurance companies.
If you’d like to learn more about our cloud-based imaging software, XVWeb, and how it transforms all of your imaging struggles into your competitive advantage, contact us for a quick quote.