Dead tree (paper) data can only be in one place at a time. There is only one paper appointment book, only one paper chart, only one film radiograph. As a result if one of the pieces is missing, say the chart is in the back (or just lost in a stack on the doctor’s desk) or an x-ray is misplaced the functions of the front desk stop.
Once we transfer the data from paper to electronic we no longer need a single physical place, like the front desk, to gather the information. An administrator can gather the data where ever there is a computer. That could be at the front, in the back or even in a different building! The computer rather than the front desk becomes the Data Center of the practice