Are you looking for a seamless way to streamline day-to-day activities in your DSO? Do you want to use technology to make your dental practice more efficient? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, you should have enough knowledge about the technologies you choose for your DSOs.
The right technology in your affiliated practices not only improves patient retention but also simplifies practice management, which helps you attract patients and even strengthens your brand image. There are tons of technologies available to dental practice owners. But deciding on the technology for your DSO may be a daunting task. So, now what exactly should you look for?
It’s important to consider technology, that can offer power-packed features. Listed below are a few guidelines that will help you evaluate a new system in a way that maximizes your success, whether you operate out of a solo dental practice or manage multiple practices. By considering the below factors, you can comprehensively analyze your options and make the right choice for your DSO. Keep reading!
First and foremost, you should focus on creating a seamless experience possible for your patients. Consider what you’re currently doing, what other features you want to add for your affiliated dental practices, and which areas you need to improve.
Some important factors to consider are:
Is it a software server or cloud-based? This is one of the major factors to consider, especially for dental practices with multiple locations.
Security considerations and HIPAA privacy: How does the software keep patient information secure?
Accounting, including patient and insurance billing
While there are features all dental practice owners need, you need to consider your unique specialty.
And it’s also very important when you begin your search for new features, ask your employees, which features they would like to add. Ask your colleagues, especially, who are in the dental industry, which software/ features worked for them and how they chose.
Remember! Never forget about scalability. Choose a software vendor with a good track record of reliability and updates.
Dental industry experts (Software providers) can only understand your requirements. Reporting and analytics are afterthoughts for dentists. But if you don’t pay attention to your DSo’s practice numbers, what’s the point of managing the number of dental practices?
The major thing is you should monitor key data of all your affiliated practices: patient retention, billing, collections, case acceptance, etc. This is one of the best ways to determine your affiliated practices’ health and to set goals for the future. Dental practice management software will automate this process.
The best practice management software mainly produces robust reports, giving you all the necessary information, you need in an easily understandable manner. This helps you to make the perfect business decisions and operate in the most efficient way. Your dental software should be able to produce a variety of reports, presenting and filtering the data most relevant to you in a dashboard. The reported information should then provide you actionable insights into the best business decisions for your dental practice.
Most reporting and dashboard in the market is meant for single-clinic but does not work with DSO. You need a custom solution to match your culture and business. Find a vendor that will fill that need. Try our free dashboard to start things off, you can download it here.
No matter how comprehensive any dental software package is, there may be power-packed features you need to add on for your DSO. So, always ensure to ask vendors how well new features would integrate with their dental software products.
4. Support and Software Updates
Although software vendor support is most important for the initial migration of the dental management system, having a great support team at all times may drive great results. It will be a lot easier, when a dental software provider supports you in every step, when you need their help. So, always remember to ask about their methods of transition.
5. Are you the chief technology officer of your DSO or is it the CFO?
You won’t go to your car mechanic to file your taxes, so why are you or your financial genius trying to solve technology problem? Find a CTO (fractional or full time) to help you. Or find a vendor to serve as CTO.
Deciding on dental software
When you think about dental software next time, take some time to consider what features and functions are helpful to your DSO. With several options available, it’s very important to know that many of them do a lot of the same things, but there are also some major differences.
So, it’s always a good thing to explore all of the features that new software offers and imagine how they can better streamline your practice and allow for growth. Think about what your DSO looks like today and what you want it to look like in the future. Those plans will surely help you in deciding which technology will work best for your DSO.
Pro tip: If you’re someone who might be more on the move, BPK Tech can help you manage your practice easily wherever you are.
The proof is in the results
Based on your specific requirements, BPK Tech always strives to develop custom software solutions. Be it a domainspecific application or a start-up idea, we can build custom dental software solutions from scratch, to ensure seamless integration with your existing PMS system.
To make sure you stay concentrated on helping your patients and to achieve the smile they always wanted, join hands with us.
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