ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading provider of healthcare cloud computing platform and services today announced a new agreement with Henry Schein, Inc. to offer Dentrix Enterprise as a Software as a Service (SaaS) practice management system.
Under the agreement, Henry Schein’s Practice Solutions division, a leader in dental practice management solutions with a global installed base of 65,000 customers, will offer its dental enterprise software, Dentrix Enterprise, as a SaaS practice management system hosted in ClearDATA’s cloud computing platform. This new capability offers users of Dentrix Enterprise —Henry Schein’s software solution for community health centers, large group and multi-site group practices — the opportunity to log in to a virtual private network (VPN) and use a web browser with active directory authentication to access the software.
In addition, ClearDATA will implement its robust Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant data backup and disaster recovery services to ensure protected health information (PHI) remains secure and available to any dental practice in the cloud in the event of fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, electrical surge, power loss, viruses, theft of computers or other issues. ClearDATA will also provide other cloud-managed services to Henry Schein Practice Solutions.
“Having a SaaS option for Dentrix Enterprise, as well as a strong, cloud-based data backup solution, are important product offerings for our customers,” said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions. “We are excited about the potential this partnership offers our customers to take advantage of the cloud’s many benefits.”
ClearDATA’s exclusive focus on healthcare, and the proven performance of its secure, HIPAA-compliant healthcare cloud platform, provides dental practices with a secure alternative for maintaining their applications or data. ClearDATA can also provide specialized security to meet the requirements of specific customers.
Interest in SaaS solutions for healthcare continues to rise. In a recent study “Opportunities in Healthcare Cloud Market in the U.S. and Europe,” (October 2014) analyst firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that market penetration for Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and SaaS will grow by 25 percent CAGR through 2020. Among the reasons cited are lower up-front costs, access to on-demand capacity, quick deployment and easier management of IT staff.
In the case of dental practices, many lack an IT staff and must either manage their technology themselves or work with an outside firm. Moving their dental practice management solution or data to the cloud not only relieves them of this burden (and its costs) but also offers additional advantages, such as the ability to access the solution or data when they are away from the office. The Henry Schein/ClearDATA solutions ensure that PHI and other important data is backed up regularly and can be recovered quickly to avoid the type of interruptions or data loss that can severely impair businesses or cause them to fail.
“Henry Schein has an outstanding reputation for quality, innovation and service,” said Darin Brannan, CEO of ClearDATA. “We are excited to team with them to give dental practices the opportunity to take advantage of their solutions in the cloud through a HIPAA-compliant value-added platform that has been specifically designed for the needs of the healthcare and life sciences industries.”