Do you have (or use)?
A Complete integrated Practice Management System?
(For example Dentrix, Practice Works or Eaglesoft.)
A computer network in place with a server and a switch/router to distribute the computer data through wired connections or a reliable wireless network?
Computers that are less than five years old?
Computers in Treatment rooms?
(Or an equivalent for word processing and e-mail)
If the answer to any of the above questions is no; you are not ready to go paperless. You will need to have the infrastructure in place, that is hardware and software or you will not be able to use paperless records.