What Exactly Is The Cloud?


Let’s start out with this one, as “cloud” is a term commonly tossed around and some may not fully understand what this term refers to. The cloud should basically be thought of as the internet outside of your physical computing systems. There are many cloud services currently available to do everything from share files to storing photos. When you’re working with the cloud, you should be able to access your information from anywhere.


Why Is Cloud-based Software So Popular?


Cloud-based systems are scalable and can save money, which is the number one reason that most people choose to employ them for many industries.


What Should You Look For In An Effective And Efficient Home Care System?


Home care is only one industry currently benefitting from cloud-based software. Let’s take a look at the top 5 things to look for when choosing a home care system.


  1. Works with smart phones. Today, close to 67% of Americans own a smartphone. http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/us-smartphone-use-in-2015/Our lives are busier than ever and relying on smart phones to stay in touch with both personal and work matters is only getting to be more and more of a need rather than a desire. With home care workers who are on the go, being able to use a smart phone to do things like check schedules and leave notes for other workers is crucial. Some home care software systems even support texting.


  1. Built-in invoicing system. Producing an invoice directly from the same system that you use for recording work time and office notes makes billing a breeze compared to having to import that data and use a second system.


  1. Scheduling and timesheets. Filling out a paper-based timesheet is so much more time-consuming and workers don’t have access to past shifts. Being able to make a schedule that is available for everyone to see simplifies the scheduling process for both supervisors and workers.


  1. Customer and client relationship management. Recording and accessing client and customer data in one system makes everything easier. If you need to look up something in a client’s record and share it, a cloud-based system makes that process very straight-forward and hopefully cuts down on miscommunication.


  1. User-friendly, even for beginners. Any software system should be built with users in mind but that doesn’t always happen. The less time it takes to learn a new system, the more likely workers are to embrace it quickly and positively. http://www.networkworld.com/article/2206684/security/the-importance-of-user-friendly-technology.html


In the health care industry, one of the most time-consuming and frustrating tasks has always been filling out mountains of paperwork. With a cloud-based home care system, you can spend more time focusing on caregiving, not paperwork. For more information, Consumer Affairs has a handy guide that helps you compare different companies. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/online/home-health-care-software#compare

What Exactly Is The Cloud?