Have you ever measured how effective the management of your practice collections is? Does your current software system offer a way to even compile that information? Understanding overall scheduled production and recare trends in your practice can be difficult to get out of many practice management systems. If you are looking for new software expecting to get these valuable capabilities included, it is not at all unreasonable.
Let’s take a moment to evaluate your current dental software. Keeping up with day-to-day tasks can be challenging and stressful, but you have other options to consider:
How long does it take to train a new hire or temp worker to use your practice management software?
If your practice operates using a server, you’re probably aware of the significant, upfront costs of that hardware purchase. In addition to the cost of the server, you’ll need IT professionals to install the server, as well as outsourced IT on hand for when the server goes down, experiences a glitch or is subjected to a natural disaster or accident. Thankfully, you have an alternative option — a cloud-based, subscription model.
We know that making changes in your practice can be met with apprehension, so sticking with the status quo can seem like the easy, comfortable option. However, an aversion to change will also prevent your practice from innovating and growing. Have you considered what you’re missing out on by not moving to the cloud?
Healthcare Data Breaches are on the Rise
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights’ breach portal, there have been 261 healthcare data breaches affecting 9.1 million individuals since the start of 2018. Healthcare is a favorite among hackers because of the sheer amount of data being gathered, from patient’s insurance information, to Social Security numbers, to credit cards – all of which sell for a great price on the Dark Web. Thankfully, Bluefin and Curve have partnered to provide our clients integrated payment processing through Curve Hero, backed by the highest level of security with PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE).
As we approach the new year, let’s take a look back at the performance and quality of your practice management software. This software is an integral part of running a successful dental practice. It’s at the center of everything, from charting and imaging to scheduling and billing. The right software will streamline processes to enable you to grow your practice while simultaneously improving the patient experience. Did your practice management software deliver what you needed this year?
Managing your own server requires a significant, ongoing investment from your practice — both financially and timewise. Whether your server goes down from a natural disaster or through experiencing a plumbing mishap, you’re left with a nonfunctioning practice, and productivity comes to a complete halt.
When you decide to invest in server-based practice management software for your practice, you might be focused on initial setup costs, but there’s more to it than that. We’ve compiled data from various dental IT providers across the U.S. to help you understand the processes and related costs from implementation to maintenance and disaster recovery.
You can’t predict a natural disaster, but you can plan for it.