It depends on what kind of practice you have and how you work.
We always advise that you try out Podware first to make sure it does what you want in terms of treatment, patient list, appointments, reminders etc.
Patient data in the free trial, or licenced Podware can be migrated to Podware Anywhere at any time. Podware Anywhere is basically the same as Podware but the data is stored in the cloud instead of on your computer so that Podware can be accessed anywhere in the world (where you have a device with Podware Anywhere installed) not just on one computer or on a local network.
The examples below may help you to decide what you need for your practice:
Examples of situations where Podware is a good choice:
1. Bob’s practice
Bob works in clinics in two towns and does occasional home visits.
He the only podiatrist, has no receptionist and makes all the appointments himself.
He uses a windows tablet (with Podware installed) which he takes with him to the clinics and on home visits.
The backups he does are saved to the Google drive on his tablet so they get automatically synced with his tablet online Google account.
2. Dave’s practice
Is very similar to Bob’s (lone practitioner) only he has Podware on a PC at home where his wife acts as his receptionist arranging appointments. Dave uses an iPad or a small laptop which don’t have Podware installed. Instead he uses a remote control program (eg Teamviewer) to access Podware on the home PC so he can see appointments and write up treatments etc. His backups are saved to Dropbox which keeps a copy in the cloud for him.
3. Elaine’s practice
is a three clinic practice in a large city. She has Podware networked across three computers for her use and that of the two podiatrists and receptionist who she employs . She can also access the practice computers from home using remote control software (eg AnyDesk or Team viewer) so that she can keep in touch with what’s happening at the practice when she is not there. Backups are saved to a USB drive which Elaine or her receptionist takes home at the end of the day.
Examples of situations where Podware Anywhere is a good choice:
1. Andrew’s practice
Andrew has two practices in separate towns. He has two podiatrists who work in both practices on selected days of the week. He uses Podware Anywhere installed on one computer in practice “a”, 2 computers in practice “b” and on his laptop which he can take wherever he is going and use Podware Anywhere. He tethers his laptop to his smartphone to get internet access when he is on the move. Backups are automatically done.
2. Molly’s practice
Molly is a lone practitioner working in her own practice in Sydney and in several GP practices around the city. She has Podware Anywhere installed on the computers that she uses in her own practice and in the GP clinics. She also has Podware Anywhere installed on her laptop at home so she can access the diaries and the patient records at home. The receptionists at the GP practices have access to Podware Anywhere on their computers to make appointments for Molly’s patients. Again backups are automatic.