Cloud Based Data Management and What It Means for You

Posted by Wesley DeShaw on Jun 2, 2014 7:44:00 AM

In 2014 the trend of data management seems to be heading towards the cloud. Of course with this sort of tech trend, you’ll see an ever-expanding pool of technologies that take advantage of this technology in some way. This blog posting isn’t about debunking, trash-talking, or advertising; it’s a brief overview of what the cloud means to us at Ortho2, and what it might mean for you as someone who might be shopping for a new practice management solution.

The cloud is often times really just another term for the Internet. I often get asked, “What can the cloud do for me?” or “Why should I consider the cloud?” Simply put, the cloud means you do not have to host any of your own data. Broken down even more, that means no servers, no server maintenance, no complex network setups for your office, no VPNs, no term servers, no to a lot of things. With Ortho2’s cloud, we house your practice data in a secured data center, we maintain the integrity of the database, and we deal with the redundant backups.

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, Ortho2, cloud computing

My Very First Ortho2 AAO

Posted by Ben Shin on May 7, 2014 8:57:53 AM

This year marked my very first AAO. Not only that but my first time in New Orleans, and what an experience it was. It was great to meet everyone and work alongside some people I haven’t worked with before. The convention center was massive, and it was interesting to see the various orthodontic offerings from all over the world. There was so much interesting technology on display, and coupled with the spectacle of the booths it was fun just to be there.

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, technology, practice management, Ortho2, cloud computing, AAO Tech Talk

When the Cloud Seems Too Far Away

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Sep 12, 2013 3:40:00 PM

by Dan Sargent
The Cloud is fantastic for accessibility and reducing cost and complexity for the user. But from a design standpoint it presents unique challenges as well. One example is dealing with very large files, like high-quality X-ray images. Even with a fast Internet connection, they just take some time to upload and download.

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Topics: technology, orthodontics, cloud computing, imaging, local image cache

Eight Myths About the Cloud Debunked

Posted by Michelle Haupt on Oct 25, 2012 10:52:00 AM

The cloud isn’t new, but many are just learning to understand how powerful it can be for offices. Read the facts about myths you may have been hearing about the cloud.

Myth 1: The cloud is a fad.

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Topics: technology, orthdontics, orthodontic trends, orthodontic education, Ortho2, tips, cloud computing, pros and cons

Moving Your Office to the Cloud - Part 2

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Sep 17, 2011 4:34:00 PM

By Craig Scholz
Part 2 of a 2-part series on Cloud Computing for Orthodontic Practices Read Part 1

Limitations of Cloud Computing

Do you get frustrated when you are at home checking your bank activity and you lose your Internet connection? Imagine if your practice management system went down on an August afternoon! The jump to cloud computing means that you are completely dependent on your Internet connection, which can be a scary fact for some users. While all major service providers guarantee “uptime,” you should be sure to check your local providers upload, download and latency speeds and history before signing up (you can test your broadband speeds easily at sites such as One way to reduce your Internet anxiety is to employ a secondary connection such as a cellular router. These devices are inexpensive and allow for a stable Internet connection that can run at relatively fast speeds – currently up to 4G. In order to move to the cloud you need to feel confident that your Internet provider has fast and stable service. Without this, your daily mood might run in parallel with the status bars of your Internet connection.

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, cloud computing, Craig Scholz, pros and cons

Moving Your Office to the Cloud - Part 1

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Sep 16, 2011 2:46:00 PM

Part 1 of a 2-part series on Cloud Computing for Orthodontic Practices By Craig Scholz

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before... It’s a busy Monday afternoon in your office when your office manager tells you that your server is getting error messages because it is running low on drive space. You immediately contact your IT person (which in many cases is you) to discuss your options. After exploring these you decide to purchase a new server, updated operating system (OS), Sequel Server (SQL) and backup device with software and antivirus. You find out you will also need to upgrade the SQL on all your workstations and will need new versions of several Microsoft products to support the new server. This will cost you two down days, some additional training and more than $15,000. You’re not happy about any of this, but you almost blow a gasket when you find out that more than half of this cost is for “software.” You drive home questioning how needing more space on your hard drive ended up costing you $15,000!

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, cloud computing, Craig Scholz, pros and cons

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