Dental software helps expanding clinics eliminate growing pains

September 26th, 2013

Dental enterprise software can help large networks of clinics fill in the performance gaps that often arise when clinics deal with an influx in patient activity.

Current circumstances in the health care industry have encouraged many dentistry institutions to closely examine their current operations on a variety of levels. For instance, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010, significantly increases the number of U.S. citizens who qualify for federal insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. As a result, many dental enterprises can expect their current patient networks to grow throughout the next decade. Another important issue addressed in the ACA is the need to reduce overhead health care costs by switching to more efficient electronic medical record systems. The ability to easily transfer patient information between clinics and institutions plays an essential role in any dental practice's attempt to consistently provide high-quality care.

Accommodating these changes at the clinical level isn't without its own challenges, however. Dentists and private practice managers face a variety of risks when they increase care output without the proper tools and technology. Here is a closer look at how dental enterprise software can prevent clinics from making dangerous business mistakes:

Greater visibility of valuable patient information
According to DentistryIQ, a network of dental industry publishers, advanced software tools can enable managers to have greater analytical control of the data they acquire through electronic health record systems. The source said many clinics that want to increase the amount of patients they care for waste an excessive amount of time and resources tracking down the wrong people. For example, rather than trying to attract new patients, clinics can take advantage of robust dental enterprise software to employ a recall strategy that encourages existing clients to return more frequently.

Avoiding economic pain points
Another common mistake dentists make when they attempt to expand their operations is the failure to limit overhead costs as much as possible. A study published last year in the Inside Dental Technology journal said many dental professionals are experiencing lower compensation rates because operational costs continue to skyrocket. Dental software tools can help clinics avoid these risks by eliminating operational obstacles and increasing the flexibility of data. Enterprises with multiple locations, for example, can easily share relevant research and information between clinics without any additional overhead cost.

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