The benefits to you and your practice are numerous. Keep in mind that teledentistry isn’t something that is designed to replace your practice. It is designed and used as an extension of what you currently do.
- It can reduce costs to you and your patients. No more having the patient miss work, drive over and spend their valuable time in your waiting room.
- No more lost production, and therefore income, from no-shows or cancellations.
- Improve your efficiency and increase your production by being able to see more patients and fill in cancellations in a moment.
- You’ll have more access to more patients, including those that live in a rural area or are too afraid to come in.
- Flexible hours.
This is just a very small sample of the article which outlines the benefits and the process of getting started using teledentistry.
Essentially they are referring to the use of video conferencing with patients. True teledentistry will eventually include much more but this is a good start.
Two items of concern:
- How do you get paid? Traditionally dentists have charged a fee for a procedure we do not charge by the hour as lawyers and other professionals have. We do not charge for a phone call. Patients do not expect to be charged for a call and insurance coverage will be a problem.
- Common video conferencing services like Skype are not very secure and could present HIPAA concerns.