The use of dental enterprise software allows clinics and oral care providers to reduce overhead costs by increasing operational efficiency.
Labor productivity in the U.S. health care industry has become an increasingly important issue as recent federal legislation seeks to expand health care coverage to more citizens. The medical field is already especially labor intensive, according to an article published recently in RDH Magazine, a dental hygiene publication. In fact, 56 percent of the $2.6 trillion spent on health care in 2010 went specifically to employee wages. However, as the health sector prepares to handle what it expects to be a significant increase in patient activity in the coming years, those in the dental field must think of creative ways to improve productivity while reducing overhead costs.
According to a recent study published by the McKinsey and Company Global Institute, the use of advanced technology and integrated patient data offers substantial opportunities for long-term cost savings. The report found the medical industry could create more than $300 billion in value every year by leveraging new tools that allow employees to deliver higher quality care more quickly. Two-thirds of that value could come simply from the ability to reduce overhead costs by 8 percent.
What tools can people in the dentistry field use to better handle an increase in patient activity? Advanced dental software programs that offer seamless integration between clinical and organizational operations are one effective solution. As technology advances in the medical industry, private practices are relying more heavily on the use of electronic health records and other digital resources. Many oral care professionals are using digital tools to increase access to relevant industry research that can later be used to inform patient diagnoses. In other words, dental clinics must constantly use a variety of information to deliver high-quality care. With the right software program, these operations can leverage one easy-to-use system to satisfy all of their growing technological needs.
Increasing the efficiency of patient interactions
Another way that oral care providers can benefit from dental enterprise software is by eliminating costs associated with poor organization of patient databases. For example, clinics can use advanced technology to create a more convenient scheduling process. Excessive wait times and missed appointments often contribute to significant decreases in productivity. With tools such as axiUm dental software, however, clinics can ensure maximum organization and reduce the amount of time patients have to wait for their care. As a result, private practices can reap the rewards of a more satisfied clientele. They can also use the money they save on overhead costs to invest in new ways to continue delivering high-quality dental care.