Today’s dental practices are feeling the push to go paperless from the media, salespeople, advertisers, peers, and our government. There are seminars, webinars, and publications telling us what products to buy and why their product is better … but is it better for you? There is no set standard on how to go paperless. Yes, we have a couple compliance issues with HIPAA and PCI, but other than that we are pretty much making decisions on our own. Pretty scary, huh? There are, however, three core components that need to be included in your decision-making process, whether you are purchasing new software or buying a printer . . . Efficiency, Consistency, and Security. When I am hired to help an office transition from paper charts to a paperless environment, these are the staples that hold everything together. We cannot keep our sanity or rest easily at night if these three things are not met.
It has been interesting over the years working with hundreds of offices to
find that the dynamics and personalities are basically the same from one office
to another. One of the biggest complaints I hear from clinicians is, “I don’t
have time to enter all that stuff in the computer and I am not going to stay
late.” My response is, “I don’t want you to stay late. You have a family to get
home to and that is why we are going to create systems that are as efficient as
possible so you can get out on time.” Efficiency saves time, money, and your
sanity. No matter what practice management software or imaging software is
installed, you can create efficient solutions to help the front office team and
the clinical team.
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