MacPractice makes practice management and clinical software solutions for doctors in various healthcare fields. They currently offer four different products: MacPractice MD, MacPractice DDS, MacPractice DC and MacPractice 20/20. All of their software is Mac OS X only, which is where a partnership with Aqua Connect comes in. By implementing Aqua Connect Remote Desktop Services (ACRDS) software on their machines running MacPractice, they are able to expand the use of their product out to a much larger base of computer users that they would otherwise not be able to reach. With Aqua Connect, doctors can now bring the Mac platform to their practice in an affordable solution. It provides the interoperability between the Mac and Windows platform that is necessary in medical offices that have existing PC hardware.
If you install MacPractice on Apple hardware running ACRDS software, you can use a PC to run a Mac OS X session that can provide simultaneous access to local Windows applications and MacPractice. This will allow offices to be able to use a mix of Mac and non-Mac machines with the software. In addition to PCs, thin clients, smart phones and even other Macs can be used with ACRDS to connect to the MacPractice software. While MacPractice can already run on Macs, ACRDS provides an option to use older Mac hardware as clients, which otherwise may not be capable of running the newer operating systems. In addition to providing access to MacPractice from non-Mac hardware, Aqua Connect also benefits MacPractice users with certain remote access needs. In head to head comparisons, MacPractice customers have been able to achieve greater performance through an Aqua Connect user session for remote access than their normal VPN service. This opens a multitude of possibilities for those practices or physicians with multiple offices or who are on the road and need to access their work remotely.