When income declines, (due to the general economy or whatever,) one of the first places dentists look to cut costs is IT (technology). However a good argument can be made that IT is the last place to cut as good technology properly utilized will save you money.
- Your business is growing.
- You’re having constant problems.
- Your team’s roles are changing.
- There’s a new release.
- You’ve built a “duct-tape” system.
Some thoughts on how to best spend limited IT dollars in a dental office.
- Maintain your support agreement especially if it includes software upgrades
- Get training for the whole office on your Practice Management System
- Purchase and use e-services to eliminate administrative busy work
- Upgrade any computers over four years old
Some thoughts on where to spend more substantial IT dollars on major systems. (In order)
- Network with computers in all treatment rooms
- Digital Radiography
- Practice Web Page
- Go “Paperless”
- CAD CAM