Oral health clinics can use dental software to go paperless

January 28th, 2014

Dental enterprise software can assist offices in going green. Using a practice management system can help offices significantly reduce the amount of paper used in oral health offices. In addition to being environmentally friendly, taking steps toward eliminating paper can also be beneficial for patient care.

According to Dentistry IQ, transitioning to more environmentally friendly practices is occurring more frequently in the dental industry. With the help of a grant, the American Association of Dental Office Managers will put more effort into producing educational materials about going green. In addition to reducing paper, engaging in more environmentally sound business practices means using more efficient products.

Going paperless has other benefits as well. For instance, eliminating filing cabinets and other support systems for paper-based procedures opens up a great deal of space, which allows practices to put more creative touches around the office, The Washington Post reported. Re-designing the space can create better workflow, which increases overall efficiency.

How to go green
The first step should involve getting the entire staff together to make a plan. Without the entire team on board, green initiatives will be difficult. Moreover, more heads are better than one. It's very likely someone unexpected will have a lot to contribute when it comes to brainstorming ideas for a more environmentally friendly practice.

The next step will be to research products, from devices and dental software to cleaning products. A good dental enterprise software will not only eliminate the use of paper records, but also streamline office procedures, making operations more efficient.

Finally, it's important to communicate the changes the office is making to the greater community. Send out a news release, and demonstrate how interactions with patients may begin to change as a result of the move. For instance, offices will send out fewer postcards and begin communicating primarily through email.

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