I found two new companies at the CDA providing phone apps for dentists. They are similar, they both provide some basic functionality and I can see some areas of improvement. However they are much better than what we had before which was…nothing.
The concept is that each dental office creates a custom phone app they make available to patients. The apps, like all phone apps, are a single button that resides on the main screen of your phone. When a patient opens the dentist app she gets several options including: Office hours, Map/Directions, Request an appointment, link to web site and contact us via e-mail or phone.
The Dental Anywhere app has a unique pain management center. On the other hand DDS App has a feature that allows users to send a photo to the office for evaluation. They also include referral features.
Think of these apps as dental business cards of the future.