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    How to transform a dental practice from low-tech to high-tech

    Still walking the analog path? It’s time to take the plunge. Here’s how to easily move to the digital highway.

    So it’s been a while (maybe a long while) since you’ve updated anything and suddenly you’re feeling left out and behind the curve. What to do?  

    The only thing in technology you can be assured of is that change springs eternal. Here are a few recommendations for those of you who may still be trudging along the analog path … 

    Start simple
    Many times, people will come to me wanting to know how to get on the digital road. Oftentimes it’s offices that really haven’t done much embracing of digital and all it can do.

    If you aren’t really computerized, definitely don’t bite off more than you can chew. Like an elephant, you eat the technology one bite at a time. So start with something easier than uprooting all of your systems.

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    Start at the front desk. The first thing to do is to get your accounting and scheduling computerized. This will involve a server and a workstation or two. It will also involve having some network cables run so while you are having that done, run cables to everywhere you think you might need a computer in the future. That will save you time and money down the road.

    Bring in a consultant to help your administrative team with this or prepare to spend some time helping them yourself.  It’s not really that difficult to do but does require time to get things going …

    Clinically start with charting
    While digital X-rays are great, I feel it’s more important to get your patient restorative, perio and chart notes into your dental software first.

    This will get the clinical staff involved and used to doing this on an every-patient basis.  In a very short time, everyone in the office, even at the front desk, will see the tremendous value of this digital information.

    Related reading: How digital dentistry works

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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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