3 benefits Electronic Health Records (EHRs) will provide for your dental practice

There’s no question that Electronic Health Records (EHRs) will soon be a necessity for dental practices. If you’re still waffling about converting to an EHR system, let me explain three benefits that should put your mind at ease.

Get time back in your day. Think about how much time per day it takes your staff to locate paper charts and rifle through them to find what they need. When you multiply that time spent over the course of a year, it adds up to countless wasted hours dedicated to simply locating charts. That is precious time that could have been spent with patients, or on other more important office duties.

With a certified EHR system, your patient charts are available at the click of a button. You can access them from around the office and many systems even allow access from home, giving you much needed time back into your day.

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Save money and increase profitability. Practices that adopt a certified EHR system and show they are demonstrating meaningful use of EHR technology can qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In addition to the direct monetary benefits, an EHR system cuts down on the cost of paper and space needed to house physical charts. The increased efficiency an EHR system provides can also allow you to see more patients and complete charts in a much more organized and efficient manner.

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Feel secure. Take a minute to think about what would happen if your office were hit by a fire or natural disaster – what would happen to your paper charts? Years of patient data could be lost in a flash. With an EHR system, all of your data is digitally stored, and additional software can ensure your information is backed up daily and saved in a place where you can always access it. You data is also secured, so you don’t have to worry about privacy issues or data breaches. Having this piece of mind is reason alone to switch to an EHR system.

The process of adopting an EHR system and going digital can be difficult to swallow at first, but the benefits above only scratch the surface of what you’ll see by making the switch. Remember to select a certified EHR system that offers plenty of technical support and can act as a partner to help you through the process. When all is said and done, your practice will be set up to run more efficiently and economically, and allow for continued success and growth in the future.

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Note: This article is sponsored by Patterson Dental as part of the Dental Practice Management Partner Voice Program, which provides a way for leading dental manufacturers to share quality content with our audience. Patterson Dental offers a wide range of dental products including Eaglesoft Practice Management SoftwareCAESY Patient Education Systems and the RevenueWell marketing communications suite, which are backed by the renowned support and customer service team at the Patterson Technology Center. With multiple support options and more than 125 years experience in the dental industry, Patterson has the resources and expertise to help customers and practices reach their greatest potential.