Analog equipment and systems in dentistry are more or less defunct now. If you are still using analog systems, you are not only putting your practice at a disadvantage against your competitors, you are also doing your patients a disservice.
The perceived high cost of conversion from analog to digital is often the reason why this hinders the switch. The benefits though for the practice and the patients outweigh the short term costs, across the industry now digital dental cameras, radiography systems and other relevant operations are the new normal.
Without these digital systems in place, your bottom line will be affected, you and your patients are losing out. It’s now critical for dental practices to move to digitising dental operations for a few reasons.
Cost & Time Effective.
It’s an investment; the initial costs of more expensive equipment and systems will reap higher ROI in a short time. Analog systems ultimately cost more in the long run; consider development and labour costs. Imagine then if you didn’t have to worry about updating software; today’s software comes with auto updates, much cheaper than outlying for the latest version, and waiting 24 hours for deployment and updates to take place.
Digital systems, additionally, are user friendly and fast. They can multitask, that is simultaneous scanning and viewing of images happen concurrently. The time wasted waiting for analog response and development can be used in other ways; like concentrating on the business at hand.
Better experience for the practice and the patients. Processes are faster, meaning patient wait times are minimised, and more patients can be attended to. Information and data can be processed and accessed faster, and is often it will be more accurate leading to better patient care. Systems today enable your patients to book their own appointments, they can be sent reminders, and follow up communications can be automated.
Imagine the time you will save if you streamline processes by having your dental imagery software integrate with your practice management software. It will increase efficiency, and it has the potential to improve patient outcomes.
All the data is secure in one location, easily accessible and simply deployed when needed. Avoiding much of the administrative tasks and paperwork means that personal information is safer, and you have more time to concentrate on your patients and your practice.
The Future is Now.
Some other considerations that may encourage you to consider are the fact that going digital means that your practice will be more eco-friendly. No development chemicals and much less paper usage.
The most important factor is that your practice remains current and competitive in the marketplace. Patients now want great experiences when interacting with the world around them on a daily basis, and that includes a visit to the dentist. Making the experience seamless will mean they return to your service.
To be a leader in the field, you will need to be able to incorporate new and leading technologies into your system easily. Your equipment and software systems need to be current to adapt easily.
By incorporating digital solutions into your practice, you will achieve return on investment faster, enhance your customer experience, add sustainability for growth to your practice, and remain competitive and ahead in the professional space.