Published on January 29th, 2016 | by Alice Aires0
Why Technology Beats Paper In The Modern Dental Practice
Whether we like to admit it or not, times are rapidly changing and dental practices are no exception to this rule. Nowadays everything is modernised, from the tools that dentists use to better treat patients’ oral health problems, all the way to the novel practices and procedures that dentists have to educate themselves on. However, one subtle yet an easily-overlooked advancement in dental practices is the use of technology to automate and store the vital information of patients’ medical records and their future appointments. Many practices have made the wide decision to switch over to modern technology, but some practices have stubbornly refused to do so. Little do these dentists know that they are secretly sabotaging their success and preventing themselves from taking their practices to the next level.
Why Is This Such A Big Deal?
You might think that such a discussion leaves people focused on minute details that make no difference in the overall success of a business. However, it only takes some rudimentary time tracking administrative activities like handling patient files and appointments on paper to realise that a lot of time is being wasted. That is time that could otherwise be spent making higher net profits and treating more patients. Additionally, you also have the problem of limited storage, leading you to spend even more money for extra space to handle old patient charts (that by law need to be kept around for a certain number of years).
So What Needs to Happen?
This is where dental practice software comes to the rescue. In addition to managing all of your appointments, you can also rapidly retrieve the medical history of patients, add in new information, and store other data that is vital to the success of the practice. These programs are specially designed to help dentists and assistant workers spend less time worrying about logistics and more time performing other duties. If you find yourself worried about storage, it is even easier in the digital age to reliably and securely back up all of your data. In the event of a crash, you have backup data that you can access so you can resume your normal practice in mere minutes.
If you’re a dentist who owns their own practice and is on the fence about purchasing new software to run your business more efficiently, it is highly advisable to invest in a good package and try it out for a few months. Even if it didn’t impact your business, you would know that you gave it a legitimate try and didn’t dismiss a potential game-changer offhand. In the best and more likely case, you have regained time that you can now spend doing what you are best at doing – improving the quality of patient’s lives through dental care and educating them about how they can take care of themselves on their own.