The first step is to install a good, fully integrated, clinically centered practice management system. There are many good choices; however the industry leaders are Dentrix, Kodak and Eaglesoft.
The second step is to install a network with computers in the treatment rooms. If you do not have computers in the clinical areas you can not enter or retrieve patient information in the area where all the real work of the dental office is taking place. It is like leaving the old paper charts at the front desk then leaving the treatment area and running up front whenever you need to look something up regarding the patient’s history, or to examine an x-ray or to write any new notes.
The third step is to learn to use the system completely. Many dental offices use only a small fraction of the capability of the computer system they have paid for.