Practice Growth Insights from Shawna Aho, STAC Bizness Solutions

WOW… How things have changed in the dental industry in recent years! With ever-evolving technology, more and more practices are moving away from paper and embracing digital solutions. This shift to digital systems is transforming how dental offices operate, replacing traditional paperwork with streamlined, eco-friendly processes.

While people might have scoffed at the idea a few generations ago, millennials and those who conduct business with them are seeking innovative solutions not only for the environment but also to cut down on the mundane drudgery of workplace repetition.

But is it worth taking the big digital leap? If your dental practice has not moved completely digital yet, the following are just a few of the many reasons why you should consider going paperless.

Why Consider Taking Your Practice Paperless.

Experience a Boost in Efficiency

Going paperless streamlines operations in your practice by eliminating the need for manual paperwork. Digital systems enable instant access to patient records, treatment plans, and scheduling, saving time previously spent searching through files. Electronic communication with patients reduces administrative tasks and enhances appointment management. Additionally, digital workflows minimize errors and enable quicker collaboration among dental staff. Overall, going paperless boosts efficiency, allowing the focus to shift towards providing excellent patient care.

Improved Organization

Transitioning to a paperless system can improve organization within your dental practice. Digital records are easier to categorize, search, and update compared to physical files. By centralizing patient information digitally, your staff can quickly retrieve and share data, leading to better coordination among staff members. Additionally, electronic documentation reduces the risk of misplaced, lost or destroyed paperwork (such as in a fire or natural disaster), ensuring that critical information is always accessible and securely stored.

Cost Savings

Going paperless can result in big cost savings for a dental practice. By reducing paper, printing, and storage expenses, practices can allocate resources more efficiently. Additionally, digital systems streamline administrative processes, reducing the need for manual tasks (and payable hours) associated with paper-based workflows. Over time, these cost-saving measures contribute to a more financially stable practice, allowing resources to be redirected towards improving patient services and investing in advanced technologies.

So What is The Best Way to Get Started?

If you’ve read up to this point, it’s likely the thought of going 100% paperless is appealing to you, but where do you start?  While it’s always best to get expert help when needed, here are seven tips to get you started down the right path.

  1. Choose the Right Software: Invest in a comprehensive dental practice management software that supports paperless operations. Look for features like electronic health records (EHR), digital scheduling, and integrated billing.
  2. Digitize Existing Records: Scan and digitize all existing patient records, including charts, history forms, and treatment plans. Ensure they are securely stored and easily accessible within your new software.
  3. Create Digital Forms: Replace old-school paper forms with electronic versions. Use tablets or computers in the waiting area for patients to fill out forms online before their appointments. Or send them a request in advance of their appointment to complete paperwork online.
  4. Utilize Digital Imaging: If you’ve not already done so, consider transitioning from traditional X-rays to digital radiography. Digital images are easier to store, share, and enhance for diagnostic purposes.
  5. Secure Data Storage: This is super important. Invest in a secure cloud storage solution for patient data. Ensure that it complies with HIPAA regulations for data security and privacy.
  6. Train Staff Thoroughly: Provide thorough training to your staff on using the new software and digital processes. This ensures everyone is comfortable and proficient in the paperless system.
  7. Use Electronic Signatures: Implement electronic signature solutions for consent forms and treatment plans. This streamlines administrative processes and reduces the need for printing.

So that pretty much wraps it up! Following these tips, your dental practice can successfully transition to a paperless environment, leading to improved efficiency, reduced costs, and enhanced patient care.

Need help getting your company to paperless?  Contact STAC Bizness online or call us at 844-424-9637. We can share best practices and help in establishing your company’s accounting, payroll, and human resource operations in a paperless world.


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    There’s no denying it. Creating a thriving practice is about much more than practicing medicine!

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