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    6 ways to improve tech in your dental practice for the second half of 2016

    These tips could help your practice succeed for the remainder of 2016 — and into the next year.

    Any good business is always looking for ways to improve their efficiency, while either boosting or maintaining their product quality as well. This applies whether you are selling widgets, manufacturing cars or running a dental practice. Successful enterprises not only embrace change, they seek it out. Then when they find it, they don’t just embrace it, they grab hold of it and ride the wave of change for all it is worth.

    The great inventor, Charles Kettering (founder of AC Delco) once said, “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”

    He also once said, “If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.”

    With the idea of change as a big part of what we do, let’s take a look at a few ideas of things that could help you make some changes for the better in the last half of 2016.

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    WiFi in your office

    While this may be something that lots of us have already deployed, I’m not talking about just plugging in a router from Best Buy so that your phone or iPad have a better connection. No, I’m talking about a seriously secured access point. This is not something that you can do by yourself. Talk to your IT people and tell them you want a WiFi router in your office that is as secure as they can make it. You want it locked down tight and you want it to be separate from your office network. This means that no one can access your wireless and then also access your office network and patient data. This takes some special know how, but can be readily setup by your IT provider.

    This network should also be very secure from a password and encryption standpoint. This will allow you to use it for important HIPAA-compliant tasks such as sending digital impressions out for milling as well as other tasks that require a high speed wireless network.

    If you would like, you can also have a separate wireless network (separate from the one mentioned above) for patients and staff to use. Many patients find this to be a nice value-added service while visiting our office.

     

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...

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