Technology has become an important part of every modern business, including dental practices. Using the right software, you can increase employee productivity, boost operational efficiency, and regain control over costs. Today, many business applications are cloud-based, which means they are accessible from any device with an internet connection. This enables workforce mobility and reduces costs by letting your employees use their own devices for work, regardless of which operating system they’re using.
Considering the wide variety of business software in the market, you need to be selective about the ones you use in your practice. Here are five types of applications your practice should have:
#1. Practice management
Dental practice management software is an all-in-one solution for administrative tasks like charting, billing, and patient communications. It’s an important software solution that ensures compliance. Most examples of practice management software are cloud-based and are delivered as a subscription service. This means they are always up to date and your apps and data are accessible from anywhere. Locally installed solutions also exist, but a cloud-based deployment tends to offer more benefits.
#2. Document management
Documents, whether in printed or digital form, are the lifeblood of any modern practice. To boost efficiency, your dental practice needs a dependable solution for organizing all your patients’ dental data. A document management system makes it easy to do paperwork and keep track of all your records. It comes with data capture features to process files from a variety of sources and store them in a logical order. It’s also loaded with enterprise search features that retrieve the documents you need in a matter of seconds. This is particularly useful for delivering timely diagnoses and improve patient care across the board.
#3. Patient education
Any good dentist does not only treat their patients, but they also educate them. You need to be able to speak to your patients using terms that are easy to understand. A patient education app helps you do that by providing things like 3D images and clinical information presented in layman's terms. The information can be forwarded by email to patients or printed out. Some patient education apps are also highly customizable, allowing you to upload your own content as necessary.
#4. Online storage
With online storage, you can enjoy the convenience of a centrally managed repository of information that’s accessible from anywhere. It’s the basis of any cloud computing infrastructure, where your files and folders are hosted in a secure data center, such as those operated by Amazon, Microsoft, or Google. As long as you manage access rights carefully and use multifactor authentication, online storage is far more secure and resilient than local computers and servers. Your data is stored in multiple physical locations, keeping it safe from natural disasters and accidental deletion.
#5. Encrypted email
Email is one of the most useful tools for communicating with both your staff and patients. Encrypted email is as straightforward as conventional email, but it encrypts or “jumbles” the message as it travels between you and your recipient. This makes your message unreadable to anyone besides your intended reader and protects your data from getting lost or stolen in transit. It is crucial in communications that contain sensitive information and in ensuring your practice’s compliance with data security regulations.
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