Technology has changed the way businesses operate, but many dentists have been slow to rely on technology to help improve their practices. All too often, dentists think an investment in technology isn’t worth the money; however, many medical professionals who invest in technology begin to see an immediate return when they use it. The following are seven ways technology can improve your dental practice.
Technology Lowers Cost
As the cost of operations continues to rise, technology helps dentists reduce costs. From supplies to the cost of a professional staff, technology can help dentists reduce their overall costs. For instance, incorporating a system that automatically reorders supplies helps dentists eliminate the need to have someone on the staff check inventory and place the order. Additionally, by ordering only what the office needs, the dental practice doesn’t have to sit on expensive inventory for months.
Technology Increases Patient Engagement
One common concern for dental practices is getting patients to care about their oral health. With many patients having busy lives, they often forget the importance of maintaining their oral health including, scheduling regular dental visits. Fortunately, technological innovations help dental practices keep customers engaged. From using kiosks to educate customers while they wait in the lobby to arming patients with a dental app to remind them about measures they can take to improve their smile, technology increases patient engagement, which helps their oral health.
Technology Minimizes Errors
With changes in the dental billing code now effective, billing accuracy is important. Without the correct codes, many dental offices won’t get paid. There are many billing systems that allow dental staff to use both codes, allowing the dental staff to become familiar with the new code since the software automatically corrects any inaccuracies. A dentist can ensure that their staff is compliant and accurately using up-to-date billing software.
Technology Reduces Redundancy
Efficient business processes are always the goal of any type of medical practice. Unfortunately, many dental practices that don’t effectively incorporate technology suffer due to redundancies. For example, a staff member may review another’s steps to determine the next steps for the patient. With an effective dental information system, taking a patient through the process becomes a pull system, with the next steps becoming obvious in the process.
Technology Improves Patient’s Experience
With an integrated dental information system, patients are happier. Happier patients significantly improve a dental practice’s bottom line. Integrated dental information systems act as a database of information for dental professionals. Additionally, with more information readily available about each patient, they don’t have to spend an hour waiting in the lobby. Dental staff will have the information they need to work each patient through their dental process without causing delays.
Technology Reduces the Diagnostic Process
There are a host of technological advances that help dentists, directly. Most importantly, dentists can streamline the diagnostic process by using technology. By incorporating cutting-edging laser technology, many dentists are able to accurately diagnose what is going on with their patients. Additionally, many new technologies allow dentists to easily see other areas of a patient’s mouth with little effort, allowing them to easily diagnose patients.
Technology Increases Dental Practice Profits
Every dental practice exists to make money. Technology can help dentists make money. By saving time and reducing redundancies, many dental practices will see their profits grow exponentially. Of course, incorporating technology requires an investment by dentists, but dentists who effectively use the technology will see a significant return in their business profits.
There are many new advances in technology that help dental practices improve their positions within their industry. By adopting the right technology, many dental practices will see that they are more profitable and their patients are happier.