Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Technology Expected to Strengthen Quality Systems’ Position in the Dental Software Marketplace
IRVINE, Calif. … July 17, 2009 …. Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and Planet DDS, Inc., both located in Irvine, Calif., announced today that the companies have aligned to deliver hosted, web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) practice management and clinical software solutions to the dental industry.
The SaaS dental software application, developed by Planet DDS and available for dental practices on a monthly subscription basis, provides automation of all billing and clinical aspects of dental practices. The companies are collaborating on marketing and development efforts, with each focusing on separate market segments.
The Quality Systems (QSI) Dental Division, which for many years has dominated the dental group practice software market, will direct its efforts towards developing, marketing, implementing and supporting the software solution under the name NextDDS. NextDDS will primarily focus on meeting the needs of multi-location dental group practices while Planet DDS' emphasis will be to deliver the solution under the Denticon brand to solo dental practices.
"We are excited to add an enterprise-capable SaaS offering to complement the other products and services we currently offer our customers. This hosted, Web-based product expands our dental product offerings and allows us to target group practices that may be interested in such a solution that allows them to implement a centralized, feature-rich option via the Internet. It is a highly cost-effective technology that should fit the needs of many practices. All that is required to utilize this software solution is a PC with Internet access. We will continue to offer our server-based solutions for those customers whose needs are best met by that technology," said Donn Neufeld, senior vice president and general manager of the QSI Division.
According to Richard Lee, chief executive officer of Planet DDS, "While we developed the application with enterprise customers in mind, we lacked expertise of a company like Quality Systems to make significant inroads into the large practice group segment of the dental sector. Now, with this alliance, we believe we will see greater adoption of the technology and an application that will continue to evolve and meet the needs of a range of dental practice organizations."
Both companies agree that Internet-based applications and the emergence of cloud computing have the potential to completely re-make the landscape of software delivery in the healthcare industry. "Now we are positioned to lead that transition," concluded Neufeld. QSI's NextGen division announced a subscription-based SaaS offering for the medical industry in April 2009, also demonstrating Quality Systems' commitment to this platform.
About Planet DDS:
Planet DDS, Inc., a privately-held company in Irvine, California, develops, hosts, and supports Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications for the dental industry. Planet DDS also offers virtual services through the use of web-based dental software delivery and its network of experienced, stay-at-home dental office workers.
About Quality Systems, Inc.
Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare Information Systems subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, patient records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.